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The Big Red One Reviews

January 20, 2005
A big, impressive slab of drama -- maybe not a masterpiece or an epic, but a colorful story that sweeps you up and covers a lot of ground at a fast clip.
January 20, 2005
'The Reconstruction,' which clocks in at 2 hours, 43 minutes, with not a single extraneous frame, elevates the work from a robust genre film to a full-blown epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 20, 2005
To see this seamless 'reconstruction' -- consisting of some 15 entirely new sequences as well as augmentations to 23 others -- is to behold a masterpiece revealed.
December 10, 2004
Even though it has gained more than 45 minutes, it doesn't feel longer. Scenes that were choppy or half-baked are now allowed to play out as Fuller intended.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2004
The director's gift for bare-knuckles lyricism rescues scene after scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 15, 2004
In its own rough and still unfinished way, The Big Red One works -- as a memoir of a time, and a movie of the war.
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.
November 12, 2004
The combination of old-time Hollywood valor and ahead-of-its-time surprises makes this restoration a big event.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2004
What the movie may lack in Saving Private Ryan-style gloss, it more than makes up for in authenticity, or, in other words, heart.
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
November 9, 2004
You must see this film for one unstoppable reason, and that is Lee Marvin.
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.
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2004
As the longest and biggest of Fuller's movies, it magnifies the essence -- good and bad -- of his work.