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The Big Red One Reviews

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May 10, 2005
meant to be the culmination of a life's work... It didn't come to pass.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2004
Alas, the lost version of Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One of 1980 has been found -- reassembled, actually, by the distinguished film critic Richard Schickel -- and it's a lot less than legendary. It isn't even very good.
May 13, 2003
There's a reason Fuller found it hard to get gigs in the US through the 70's; his pulp fiction style just didn't play anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 2, 2004
If you don't elect to watch The Big Red One through the lens of Sam Fuller's mystique ... you'll realize that it has been celebrated in ways that essentially make virtues of its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
A solid war movie with a great performance by Lee Marvin. If you're a war buff, give this one a shot.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2005
Fuller wrote and directed The Big Red One with a reporter's respect for detail and a humanist's respect for the moments that shape lives.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 6, 2004
The film's overriding mission is to expose both the inherent absurdity and tragedy of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 22, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
An American masterpiece by one of the last great American directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 29, 2004
The Big Red One celebrates the lucky and the smart who survive the outrages and terrors of war.
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2006
... displays both raw power and the hint of war's brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2009
... 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
November 9, 2004
The Big Red One isn't even Fuller's greatest war film. Of those, I'd rank it fourth -- but that's not half bad.
November 11, 2004
Seven years after Fuller's death, 24 years after its initial, botched release, and almost 60 years after V-E day, The Big Red One is finally here, in a form close to what Fuller intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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