The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One' (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One' (2005)

The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One' (2005)

The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One'

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Iconoclastic film director Samuel Fuller spent decades nurturing his dream project, a movie about his experiences in the Army's First Infantry Division during World War II, but it wasn't until 1979 that he was able to finally bring the picture before the cameras. Unfortunately, Fuller was forced by his producers to work with a scaled-down budget, and he did not have final cut on the film; after his first rough cut ran nearly four-and-a-half hours, the studio took over editing on the project, and Fuller was vocally unhappy with the final results. In 2003, critic and film historian Richard Schickel initiated an effort to restore The Big Red One to a form that more closely resembled Fuller's original vision; using a large cache of newly discovered footage and the director's shooting script as a guide, the 113-minute theatrical version was expanded to 158 minutes, adding depth and detail to Fuller's sweeping and episodic tale of a hard-as-nails sergeant (Lee Marvin) and four inexperienced recruits under his command (Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, and Kelly Ward) as they battle their way across Africa to Europe between 1942 and 1945. Schickel's reconstruction received enthusiastic reviews when it went into limited release in the fall of 2004.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary
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On DVD: May 3, 2005
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Cast

Lee Marvin
as Sergeant Possum
Kelly Ward
as Johnson
Siegfried Rauch
as Schroeder
Serge Marquand
as Ransonnet
Charles Macaulay
as General/Captain
Maurice Marsac
as Vichy Colonel
Colin Gilbert
as Dog Face POW
Doug Werner
as Switolski
Perry Lang
as Kaiser
Marthe Villalonga
as Madame Marbaise
Giovanna Galetti
as Woman in Sicilian Vi...
Shimon Barr
as German Male Nurse
Matteo Zoffoli
as Sicilian Boy
Avraham Ronai
as German Field Marshal
Galit Rotman
as Pregnant Frenchwoman
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This release gave Lee Marvin his best performance in years. As a grizzled sergeant leading a platoon of "wetnoses" into the dangers of battle, he's excellent. Based on writer-director Sam Fuller's personal reminiscenes of World War II. It's a terrific war movie as I watched it on DVD with the adding 49 minutes to the original 1980 theatrical release.
The script is a feat as a story of the stead-fast progression of the soldiers from North Africa to Germany. In the cast, Robert Carradine is in a performance of insight, amusement, and is a crucial piece to the film. And Mark Hamill is a brilliant arc as sharpshotter, and in the "cremation" scene, he proves he is far more valuable and compelling an actor most would give him credit for.

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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

This may very well be my absolute favorite WWII film. All of the random elements seem to come together seamlessly. All of the actors do an outstanding job. Lee Marvin is the quintessential grizzled old sergeant. Mark Hamill does a great job outside of his usual Star Wars or voice acting venue. The almost episodic way the movie is presented is very appropriate for the story it tells. Adding to all that is the fact that this movie was made by a veteran of the 1st Infantry Division, who based all or most of the events seen in the film on personal experiences or things he heard of from others. Perhaps the best thing about this movie is the fact that it intentionally tries not be epic in scope, unlike Saving Private Ryan. The very simple, matter-of-fact way it presents itself is what makes it so easy to watch and enjoy. By aiming for less than epic, it achieves epic status. Brilliant.

possibly the most underrated WWII movie ever. plus, it's interesting to see mark hammill with an M1 gerand instead of a lightsaber.

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