The Big Red One

The Big Red One

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Samuel Fuller's semi-autobiographical, 1980 war movie about a veteran Sergeant (Lee Marvin) from the first World War, who leads a unit in World War II, including Mark Hamill as Private Griff. The story follows the men as they survive the war – in Vichy French Africa, Sicily, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Belgium and France, ending in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia where they face the true horror of the war. The movie begins with the line: "This is fictional life based on factual death". More

This was one of the Samuel Fuller's last movies, in a career spanning nearly 60 years. Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch have all listed Fuller's high energy approach as a major influence on their own work.

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Director:
Samuel Fuller ('Les voleurs de la nuit', 'White Dog', 'Shock Corridor', 'Hell and High Water', 'Park Row', 'Fixed Bayonets!', 'The Steel Helmet')
Writer:
Samuel Fuller
Cast:
Lee MarvinMark HamillRobert CarradineBobby Di CiccoKelly WardStéphane Audran

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The Big Red One | Reviews

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Variety

Variety

It's a terrific war yarn, a picture of palpable raw power which manages both Intense intimacy and great scope at the same time. (Review of Original Release)

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Sam Fuller's monumental and often loopy second world war epic from 1980 ... the film's superbly contrived images and sheer ingenuous passion make a strong claim for crazy-masterpiece status...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

In the ways that count, "The Big Red One" is still a B-movie -- hard-boiled, filled with action, held together by male camaraderie, directed with a lean economy of action. It's one of the most expensive B-pictures ever made, and I think that helps it fit the subject. "A" war movies are about War, but "B" war movies are about soldiers.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Marvin's performance, much enhanced by "The Reconstruction," is a marvel.

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BBC

BBC

Made for only $4 million, this is an episodic epic, slow-paced and dealing with inactivity as much as action. But the intimacy of Fuller's focus makes this one of the most truthful takes on the realities of combat.

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The Big Red One | Release Details

The Big Red One is available to stream in Australia now on Google Play and Apple TV and Prime Video Store.