The Big Red One
The Big Red One (1980)

Samuel Fuller's valedictory war picture, The Big Red One follows the First Infantry Division from Africa to Europe during the years 1942 through 1945. Lee Marvin portrays the division sergeant; he's tough and experienced, to be… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 28, 1980
DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's epic account of his days in North Africa in World War II elevates the film into the pantheon of great war movies.

Variety Staff

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

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

'The Reconstruction,' which clocks in at 2 hours, 43 minutes, with not a single extraneous frame, elevates the work from a robust genre film to a full-blown epic.

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Sean Axmaker

... if you want a World War II story from a real vet's perspective, Sam Fuller is still the man and The Big Red One, drawn from his own war experiences, is the film

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Time Out

Visually and philosophically, it's Fuller's equivalent of Kurosawa's Kagemusha, although Fuller's film is more complex, more absurd and more haunted.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

To see this seamless 'reconstruction' -- consisting of some 15 entirely new sequences as well as augmentations to 23 others -- is to behold a masterpiece revealed.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Personal observation bleeds out of every scene, and somehow it feels like a true story in a way that most war movies can't achieve.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A big, impressive slab of drama -- maybe not a masterpiece or an epic, but a colorful story that sweeps you up and covers a lot of ground at a fast clip.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Even though it has gained more than 45 minutes, it doesn't feel longer. Scenes that were choppy or half-baked are now allowed to play out as Fuller intended.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... displays both raw power and the hint of war's brutality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
We follow a squad of five guys throughout the American drive of WWll. Beginning in North Africa and ending in (what used to be) Czechoslovakia, a wizened Lee… More
xGary Xx
A rather clumsy and over-long war movie that contains all the usual "madness of war" messages, but they're delivered in a rather ham-fisted way,… More
Alex roy
Sam Fuller's The Big Red One is a fine war film with stunning direction, a great story and exceptional acting. This ranks as one of the genre's finest… More
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I saw this movie because Mark Hamill is in it, and he gives a good performance, but other than that, I didn't like this movie. It's just another WWII… More
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