The Big Red One

The Big Red One
The Big Red One
  • PG
  • 1h 53m
  • 1980
Certified Fresh90%
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In one of the most powerful films ever made about World War II, director Samuel Fuller tells the semi-autobiographical story of a squad of sharpshooters trying not to die in The Big Red One. World War I veteran Sergeant Possum (Academy Award winner Lee Marvin) wants to get the job done and to get himself and his squad of green recruits out alive. It's just a job: Kill the enemy before they kill you. And through the seemingly endless bloodshed from North Africa, to Sicily, the Normandy Invasion and the push into Germany, his now-veteran squad--Gruff (Mark Hamill), Zab (Robert Carradine), Vinci (Bobby CiCicco) and Johnson (Kelly Ward)--learns both the brutal horror of war and to never become emotionally close with a new recruit, because he most likely die.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics 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.
Los Angeles Times
Kevin Crust

'The Reconstruction,' which clocks in at 2 hours, 43 minutes, with not a single extraneous frame,...

June 21, 2017
L.A. Weekly
Scott Foundas

To see this seamless 'reconstruction' -- consisting of some 15 entirely new sequences as well as a...

June 21, 2017
Seattle Times
John Hartl

Even though it has gained more than 45 minutes, it doesn't feel longer. Scenes that were choppy or...

December 10, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action
  • Release Date:July 18, 1980
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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