The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
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Release Date: Mar 16, 1951 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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
Mar 16, 1951 Wide
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The fall and redemption of the protagonist, while clearly predictable, is still intelligently and effectively executed
What's truly amazing is how good the film is despite MGM slicing it up in the re-editing process.
Almost seems like a documentary in look, action, acting. A Huston gem.
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.
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