History Film / TheBigRedOne

14th Jan '17 5:06:53 PM jamespolk
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''The Big Red One'' (1980) is a classic war movie directed by Creator/SamuelFuller, set during UsefulNotes/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 Creator/SamuelFuller, set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and starring Creator/LeeMarvin, Robert Carradine and Creator/MarkHamill. It follows a [[TheSquad squad of soldiers]] and their GrizzledVeteran sergeant from sergeant, members of the U.S. Army's 1st Division--"The Big Red One"--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.
21st Dec '16 2:23:25 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Griff gets some grief among his buddies for being a little too shy around women. [[spoiler:Zab spots Griff providing cover for the LaResistance woman during the asylum raid and grins mischievously.]]
17th Oct '16 3:19:52 PM Morgenthaler
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in Israel. Led to a 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.
** Handwaved when someone asks what palm trees are doing in a Belgian monastery. Apparently the monk "had a yen for them".
17th Oct '16 3:19:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades: In this case, Vichy and Moroccan Goumier soldiers.



* UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons
* UsefulNotes/NewRomanLegions: The squad, and pretty much the rest of the 1st Infantry fights Italian troops when they hit the Sicilian beaches.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The story actually starts with "Sarge" scouting on Nov 11, 1918, and [[spoiler:killing a German soldier after the 11 am official end to the War. It's bookended with the German Sergeant at the end of the movie]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Well, duh.
* UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The story actually starts with "Sarge" scouting on Nov 11, 1918, and [[spoiler:killing a German soldier after the 11 am official end to the War. It's bookended with the German Sergeant at the end of the movie]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Well, duh.
* UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks
17th Oct '16 3:18:33 PM Morgenthaler
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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.

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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 UsefulNotes/WW1 than it is to the far younger squad of Zab and Griff.
7th Jun '16 8:47:16 AM Doug86
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''The Big Red One'' (1980) is a classic war movie directed by 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.

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''The Big Red One'' (1980) is a classic war movie directed by Creator/SamuelFuller, set during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/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.



* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens - during WorldWarI - and ends - during WorldWarII - with Creator/LeeMarvin knifing Germans who both insist their wars are over. They're both right. [[spoiler: the squad is able to save the life of the second German in time.]]

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* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens - during WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI - and ends - during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII - with Creator/LeeMarvin knifing Germans who both insist their wars are over. They're both right. [[spoiler: the squad is able to save the life of the second German in time.]]



** A deleted scene had Sarge's superior officer from WorldWarI show up as a General by WorldWarII. In RealLife Major General Clarence R. Huebner leading the Big Red One during WorldWarII had served as a Captain in the earlier war.

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** A deleted scene had Sarge's superior officer from WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI show up as a General by WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. In RealLife Major General Clarence R. Huebner leading the Big Red One during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had served as a Captain in the earlier war.



* WorldWarOne: The story actually starts with "Sarge" scouting on Nov 11, 1918, and [[spoiler:killing a German soldier after the 11 am official end to the War. It's bookended with the German Sergeant at the end of the movie]]
* WorldWarII: Well, duh.

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* WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The story actually starts with "Sarge" scouting on Nov 11, 1918, and [[spoiler:killing a German soldier after the 11 am official end to the War. It's bookended with the German Sergeant at the end of the movie]]
* WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Well, duh.
25th Mar '16 12:55:02 AM JulianLapostat
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* IWroteOurStory: Zab (a stand-in for Fuller himself) narrates the story and announces that he will write his memoirs in the final lines.
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.
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