The Red Badge of Courage 1951

The Red Badge of Courage

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Henry Fleming (Audie Murphy) is a young Union soldier in the American Civil War. During his unit's first engagement, Henry flees the battlefield in fear. When he learns that the Union actually won the battle, shame over his cowardice leads him to lie to his friend Tom (Bill Mauldin) and the other soldiers, saying that he had been injured in battle. However, when he learns that his unit will be leading a charge on the enemy, Henry takes the opportunity to face his fears and redeem himself.

Cast & Crew

Audie Murphy
Henry Fleming (the Youth)
Bill Mauldin
Tom Wilson (the Loud Soldier)
John Dierkes
Jim Conklin (the Tall Soldier)
Douglas Dick
The Lieutenant
Royal Dano
The Tattered Soldier
Andy Devine
The Cheerful Soldier
Smith Ballew
Captain (uncredited)
Glenn Strange
Colonel (uncredited)
Albert Band
Writer (Adaptation)
John Huston
Writer (Screenplay)
Bronislau Kaper
Original Music
Harold Rosson
Cinematographer
Ben Lewis
Film Editor
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Critic Reviews for The Red Badge of Courage

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Audience Reviews for The Red Badge of Courage

  • Jun 20, 2018
    Audie Murphy and John Huston team up for this spectacular look at the power of the group over the individual. It's wartime, and a newbie recruit frets on whether he will perform to group expectation or not when battle time arrives. It's all easier said than done, eh? Huston, obviously influenced by Hemingway, keeps the anxiety quietly amped up throughout the effort but particularly during the battles scenes. Why has no one told me of this exemplary work before?!?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    In spite of the studio's blasphemous 'recut' of John Huston's work, <i>The Red Badge of Courage</i> successfully illuminates the fragile psyche of the foot soldier in harm's way. Audie Murphy, given his own combat experience, seems perfectly cast as the civil war private battling fear and self-doubt while serving in a union regiment. Like the source material from which it sprang, this film is a study in humanity and man's astonishing ability to persevere.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2007
    For 1951 it was a pretty great movie. It had a great behind it, and got it acrossed well. I felt it ended a little suddenly, and to me it seemed like there seemed to be something missing, though im not sure what, but overall, it was a film , for any civil war buff, too see.
    Bobby H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2006
    Completely devoid of emotional impact and messily structured, but Huston's direction is solid and the cinematography is marvelous. The film's flaws are more a result of the studio's lack of vision than Huston's, but they're there nonetheless.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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