in about 100 words or less
US 162m, B&W/Colour
Director: Samuel Fuller; Cast: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Siegfried Rauch, Marthe Villalonga, Stéphane Audran
An epic war drama, The Big Red One is the story of the surviving soldiers in a squad whose fortunes are followed through a series of battles during World War II. Standing in contrast to many war films that preceded it, Fuller’s men do not play decisive roles in any of the action which they are involved. Rather, their sole purpose is to stay alive, while following orders in the completion of their missions. Based on a number of Fuller’s experiences during the war, this is a highly personal and realistic film for its time (Klaus Ming September 2016).