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The Big Red One
Only chance could have thrown them together. Now, nothing can pull them apart.
A veteran sergeant of the World War I leads a squad in World War II, always in the company of the survivor Pvt. Griff, the writer Pvt. Zab, the Sicilian Pvt. Vinci and Pvt. Johnson 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 war.
I know there's someone out there that watches this and sees glory and excitement, but I can't imagine what they must be like. Almost every soldier I've ever spoken to has mentioned how unrealistic war movies are, but that hardly means the movies don't adequately convey some sense of horror and pain. They present effective characters and we empathize with them, and even if what is shown is both less terrifying than the real thing and more condensed, deeply edited, completely limited as compared to the real thing, even if that is the case, it is none-the-less a depiction of nothing I can fathom wanting to be a part of.
This film (and note that I watched the 2.75 hour…
Suddenly realised I haven't written anything about Sam Fuller on here yet, and this probably isn't the best one to start with. It makes a slight move from the giant collective pieces on war from early Fuller and juggles both very personal stories of war with larger perspectives showing the entire squadron. He's certainly concerned with showing each individual victory and act of heroism though they always exist in the moment and that feeling is always short-lived or surrounded with such horrifying bluntness as Marvin calling each number on D-Day and the corresponding man having to go to his death. It's hardly as relentless as, say, Steel Helmet or China Gate which both exist within a space…
Sometimes there are films that can genuinely be described as a huge influence on a host of others in their genre. Star Wars influenced almost every science fiction movie after 1977 and Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One's influence can be seen in everything from Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan to the Band Of Brothers tv series.
Starring Lee Marvin and a post Star Wars Mark Hamill, this follows a group of soldiers from the legendary 1st Infantry Division during WWII. It shows the platoon at various stages of the war and covers their exploits in North Africa, Sicily, the D-Day landings, Belgium and finally Czechoslovakia. We see the deaths of comrades, the horrors of war, the bond that grows between…
So The Empire Strikes Back wasn't the only great film to co-star Mark Hamill in 1980. Talk about confronting your dark side. Fuller is adept at details and ideas without being heavy handed or abstractly poetic. Therefore, I found this superior to both Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. Lee Marvin is a master at the close-up reaction shot and totally believable as the commander who's fought to the bitter end of two world wars. David Ayer's recent Fury (which I liked) owes a great debt to this one. I watched the original cut, but greatly look forward to sitting down for the reconstructed version some day.
Loosely based on a series of horrific anecdotes personally lived by director Samuel Fuller, The Big Red One is the director's personal feature that finally made him earn his first Palme d'Or nomination. He was asked to recall his experiences while serving as an infantry soldier in the European Theatre of the Second World War. Under these terms, it is no ordinay war feature. The narrative is intentionally disjointed into an episodic structure, like fractured memoirs of an upset soul trying to put the pieces together about violent accounts in the middle of inhuman circumstances.
Several users have agreed, and I join them: the film is misunderstood. The film can be fairly credited…
It's just one of your balls, Smitty. You can live without it. That's why they gave you two.
It's either an Epic War Drama disguised as a World War II Adventure B-Movie, or a World War II Adventure B-Movie disguised as an Epic War Drama. I'm not sure which. It certainly is an Epic however, but a Samuel Fuller Epic. No forced messages or sentimentality, just a story about war.
It's not a romanticized version of the war either despite it's "War Adventure Tone". The Sergeant and the four lucky Privates that seem to be the only survivors from skirmish to skirmish come to a point where they don't seem to give a shit about anyone else in…
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If you only want to read one sentence and leave it at that, this is the greatest war movie.
This movie showed glorious battles without glorifying them, it showed horror without gratuity, it showed compassion for the enemy without a compromised resolve.
This movie is what happens when you put the camera into the hands of a veteran who wants to tell the whole story.
The film opens with Lee Marvin wandering the hellscape of WWI and killing a surrendering German only to find out the war had been over a couple of hours. It's sad, a tragic waste, but also ironic and darkly comedic. Lee Marvin wears the mixed feelings well.
The film cuts to an older more grizzled…
“This is fictional life based on factual death.”
Nach aufwendiger Restauration erstrahlt der der Film im Jahre 2003 in seinem vollen Glanz und wurde, soweit möglich, nach der ursprünglichen Vision Fullers geschnitten.
Man sollte The Big Red One sicherlich in seinen Ambitionen mit den großen Filmen seines Genres in eine Reihe stellen, auch wenn er sich auf den ersten Blick nicht unbedingt vollständig in die gängigen Interpretationsschema einordnen lässt. Es ist weder ein Anliegen Fullers gewesen eine romantisch verklärtes Bild des Krieges zu gestalten, wie dies mancher Vertreter der 50er und 60er Jahre getan hat, noch mit drastischen Bildern das Grauen des Krieges darzustellen. Der Film funktioniert auf einer anderen Ebene, die Charakterisierung ist leicht unterkühlt, ein wirklicher Spannungsaufbau entsteht…
A magnificent film. Samuel Fuller adds his voice to the countless others who have recorded WWII stories, yet manages to create a movie that's completely original in its vision.
The largely autobiographical story follows the Big Red One, the nickname for an infantry rifle squad, through many of the war's major battles. Unlike other war films, Fuller's movie resists the urge to reduce each man to an easily recognizable type, and instead creates living, breathing characters who we very much care about by the time the film is over. There are no philosophical pontifications about the absurdity of war, a la an Oliver Stone film or "Saving Private Ryan." These are kids being asked to fulfill a role for which…
#5 of 5 Samuel Fuller film
The movie Sam Fuller was destined to make
The Big Red One is the adventures of four soldiers and their sergeant during the second world war... And a subplot of some sort about a German official and a countess.
The very first cut of this film, before it was botched by United Artists in 1983, was way over three hours long. I'm sure Fuller was devastated by the fact that his movie was ravaged by the studio. But unlike Sergio Leone, Fuller got over it. The fact he did is a testament of his toughness. Samuel Fuller is bigger than cinema. He's bigger than life. Fuller looked and sounded like he came from the…
Es increíble como de un argumento tan simple, se puede realizar algo tan emocionante y en muchos momentos impactante -como el momento del campo de exterminio- y profundo -como la escena con las mujeres en Italia-.
Samuel Fuller logra hacer una de las mejores películas de guerra de la historia... ¡y también una de las más inspiradoras! Porque si vamos repasando a lo largo de los años las mejores películas bélicas desde que se estrenó vemos como "The Big Red One" se ha convertido en un ejemplo perfecto para hacer un film bélico.
Restaurierte Fassung von 2004
Jede zweite Szene fühlt sich vertraut an und das ist hier sicherlich keine schlechte Sache, denn die DNA von "The Big Red One" scheint in jedem WWII-Film danach zu stecken.
On nun "Der Soldat James Ryan" oder "Band of Brothers", alles kann sich auf Elemente dieses Films zurückführen lassen.
Doch neben zahlreichen wirklich starken Sequenzen, die durch den starken Cast (Lee Marvin und Mark Hamill im besonderen) nur noch besser werden, steht die zu lang geratene Laufzeit von 162 Minuten und dadurch einiges an Füllmaterial.
Beim nächsten Mal, wird's wahrscheinlich eher die kürzere Kino-Fassung, aber dennoch kann man nicht verneinen, dass die Langfassung ihren verdienten Platz in der Filmhistorie besitzt...
I admit that directly after watching this film, I wasn’t sure how I was going to rave about it. It didn’t really blow me away. Sure it had some amazing performances; Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill were great, and so was Carradine. But it felt a bit disjointed and almost trite to me. I’d seen many of those scenes in other war films (true many of them had come after and could have been inspired by The Big Red One). However, as the days wore on, I found myself thinking back to the film and the characters; I discovered that I was narrating what was happening around me in Carradine’s Pvt. Zab voice. How had the film wormed its way…
Some solid ideas and a standard anti-war film , if not a little unpolished and overly long.
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First, a disclaimer : I watched the theatrical cut of this, not knowing there was any other one.
With that out of the way... The Big Red One is a war film, focusing on a sergeant (Lee Marvin), four of his soldiers and their adventures on various fronts of the European theatre of WWII, in an episodic structure. Aside from that structure, it plays out like the most basic, most clichéd idea you'd have of an American war movie, to the point that I actually paused the film around 40 minutes in to check if it was generally considered to be a parody. It is not ! And…
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