The Big Red One (1980)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Combat Films, War Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 12, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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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.

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sergeant, squadron, infantry, adolescence, war

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