The Red Badge of Courage
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The backstory of The Red Badge of Courage involves the toppling of MGM's old Louis B. Mayer regime in favor of Dore Schary and his young Turks. It is also the tale of how an intended epic was ruthlessly whittled down to a lower-berth programmer. Since this story has already been related in detail in Lillian Ross' Picture (not to mention several John Huston biographies), the focus here will be what shows up on screen in Red Badge of Courage. Based on the novel by Stephen Crane, the film stars real-life war hero Audie Murphy as a Civil War soldier who must redeem himself in his own eyes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fall and redemption of the protagonist, while clearly predictable, is still intelligently and effectively executed"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Through Henry, The Red Badge of Courage allows us to face the chaos and confusion, the terror and futility, of both large-scale, national strife and inner, personal turmoil."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"What's truly amazing is how good the film is despite MGM slicing it up in the re-editing process."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite the studio's editing hatchet job, this remains a powerful tale of redemption"
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"Almost seems like a documentary in look, action, acting. A Huston gem."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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