History Film / TheBigRedOne

15th Nov '15 3:26:28 PM FF32
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in Israel. Led to a UnfunnyAneurysmMoment for the director when he noticed a large number of film extras take off their German helmets to reveal their Jewish yarmulkes during lunch breaks.
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in Israel. Led to a UnfunnyAneurysmMoment HarsherInHindsight moment for the director when he noticed a large number of film extras take off their German helmets to reveal their Jewish yarmulkes during lunch breaks.
17th Sep '15 8:22:05 AM JulianLapostat
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''The Big Red One'' (1980) is a classic war movie directed by Sam Fuller, set during WorldWarII and starring Creator/LeeMarvin, Robert Carradine and Creator/MarkHamill. It follows a [[TheSquad squad of soldiers]] and their GrizzledVeteran sergeant from the beginning of America's participation in the war in the African and European theater to the end. This film is BasedOnATrueStory, specifically the director Fuller's, who served in the US First Infantry Division during the war and observed and participated in many of the events the film depicts.
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''The Big Red One'' (1980) is a classic war movie directed by Sam Fuller, Creator/SamuelFuller, set during WorldWarII and starring Creator/LeeMarvin, Robert Carradine and Creator/MarkHamill. It follows a [[TheSquad squad of soldiers]] and their GrizzledVeteran sergeant from the beginning of America's participation in the war in the African and European theater to the end. This film is BasedOnATrueStory, specifically the director Fuller's, who served in the US First Infantry Division during the war and observed and participated in many of the events the film depicts.
17th Mar '15 12:13:43 AM Kooshmeister
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* UnfriendlyFire: Sergeant Schroeder gets shot in the back by a panzer's machine gun in the Kasserine Pass. Earlier he'd gunned down one of his men who refused to continue fighting. Creator/LeeMarvin's character is regarded by TheSquad as perfectly capable of this, and on Omaha Beach he starts shooting at Griff when he hesitates to run forward with the bangalore torpedo.
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* UnfriendlyFire: Sergeant Schroeder gets shot in the back by a panzer's Panzer's machine gun in the Kasserine Pass. Earlier he'd gunned down one of his men who refused to continue fighting. Creator/LeeMarvin's character is regarded by TheSquad as perfectly capable of this, and on Omaha Beach he starts shooting at Griff when he hesitates to run forward with the bangalore torpedo.torpedo. ** A Vichy French officer also shoots one of his own men.
17th Mar '15 12:12:07 AM Kooshmeister
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* PlayingPossum: Shroeder's men lie among real corpses around a knocked-out panzer and its dead crew, planning to ambush the main troops once TheSquad of Americans have finished their recon. Fortunately Creator/LeeMarvin's character notices the mixed uniforms (panzer troops have red piping on their shoulder tabs, but infantry have white).
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* PlayingPossum: Shroeder's men lie among real corpses around a knocked-out panzer tank and its dead crew, planning to ambush the main troops once TheSquad of Americans have finished their recon. Fortunately Creator/LeeMarvin's character notices the mixed uniforms (panzer (Panzer troops have red pink piping on their shoulder tabs, but infantry have white).
21st Dec '14 9:28:06 AM TheUnsquished
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* HomeGuard (deleted scene): TheSquad find themselves confronted by Volksturm armed with pitchforks and pictures of AdolfHitler. [[spoiler:It looks like a massacre is about to take place, but they quickly surrender when the Sarge fires his gun over their heads.]]
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* HomeGuard (deleted scene): TheSquad find themselves confronted by Volksturm armed with pitchforks and pictures of AdolfHitler.UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. [[spoiler:It looks like a massacre is about to take place, but they quickly surrender when the Sarge fires his gun over their heads.]]
14th Oct '14 6:25:54 PM Kooshmeister
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-->'''German soldier''': Horst Wessel was a pimp, who supplied Hitler with baby faces like you!
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-->'''German soldier''': -->'''Gerd''': Horst Wessel was a pimp, who supplied Hitler with baby faces like you!
26th Jun '14 11:27:35 AM Tank50us
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13th Feb '14 12:21:35 AM ArthurS
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The original version suffered heavy ExecutiveMeddling and received lukewarm responses in the 1980s. In that time, the Director's cut and ReCut became common with the re-release of ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' and ''Film/BladeRunner'' and Fuller hoped for a restoration of his long version. He died in 1997 but his widow Christa Fuller and film historian Richard Schickel managed to restore ''The Big Red One : Reconstruction'' released in 2004 which recieved significant acclaim and allowed the film to be VindicatedByHistory as one of the greatest and most accurate WarMovies ever made. It's 40 minutes longer than the original version with new scenes and sequences clarifying and deepening the story.

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** ValuesDissonance: This is in fact a theme of the film. Soldiers by definition have to be killers during wartime but not peacetime. These circumstances are defined, as Sarge explains to Griff, by their leaders and politicians who arrange an armistice, after which killing is not permitted anymore and a soldier has in fact committed murder. The difference between the two actions is shown to be more meaningful to Sarge, an old soldier from WW1 than it is to the far younger squad of Zab and Griff.
13th Feb '14 12:09:58 AM ArthurS
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* WarIsHell
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* WarIsHellWarIsHell: The final lines expresses this sentiment in a perverse {{Lampshade}} of WarIsGlorious: --> ''""We'd all made it through we were alive. I'm gonna dedicate my book to those who shot but didn't get shot, because it's about survivors. And surviving is the only glory in war, if you know what I mean."''
6th Dec '13 8:40:31 PM skbc1p4res
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* TanksButNoTanks: Since most of the film is shot in Israel (see above), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sherman Isherman]] tanks are painted with iron crosses to somehow turn them into German Panzers.
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* TanksButNoTanks: Since most of the film is was shot in Israel (see above), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sherman Isherman]] tanks are painted with iron crosses to somehow turn them into German Panzers.
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