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The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

John Huston (1951)

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Apart from the brilliance of individual scenes, John Huston's American Civil War epic is also famous for having been butchered by the studio - a travesty well documented in Lillian Ross's book Picture, which charts the progress of the beleaguered production and remains one of the best accounts of Hollywood film-making. Although a shadow of the film Huston intended (James Whitmore's narration fills in the gaps created by MGM's scissor-happy editors), this is still a powerful study of the waste of war. Audie Murphy, America's most decorated soldier in the Second World War, plays the young recruit who is given a baptism of fire and emerges a hero, his experiences on the battlefield captured in some remarkable documentary-style, black-and-white photography.


Audie Murphy plays a farm worker whose life is changed by the violence of combat in the Union Army. Drama based on the classic American Civil War novel by Stephen Crane, co-starring Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano and John Dierkes.

Cast & Crew

Henry Fleming, the youth Audie Murphy
Tom Wilson, the loud soldier Bill Mauldin
Lieutenant Douglas Dick
Tattered soldier Royal Dano
Jim Conlin, the tall soldier John Dierkes
Bill Porter Arthur Hunnicutt
Talkative soldier Andy Devine
Thompson Robert Easton Burke
Captain Smith Ballew
Colonel Glenn Strange
Sergeant Dan White
Captain Frank McGraw
General Tim Durant
Narrator James Whitmore
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video and DVD


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