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The Big Red One

Rating:PG (for vulgar, soldier-like language and convincing battlefield violence)
Genre:Drama, Action/Adventure
Release Date:July 1, 1980
Running time:73 minutes
Cast:Robert Carradine, Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Bobby DiCicco, Kelly Ward
Director:Samuel Fuller
Producer:Merv Adelson, Lee Rich, Gene Corman
Writer:Samuel Fuller
Distributor:United Artists

Description: Samuel Fuller's valedictory war picture, The Big Red One follows the First Infantry Division from Africa to Europe during the years 1942 through 1945. Lee Marvin portrays the division sergeant; he's tough and experienced, to be sure, but he takes on his job with cool professionalism rather than Hollywood bravado. Based on Fuller's own experiences, the film is a loosely constructed series of anecdotes. Among them are an insane asylum under bombardment while the inmates applaud and a climactic vignette in which a very young concentration camp internee dies while a friendly soldier plays piggy-back with the boy.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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