The Big Red One

The Big Red One

Samuel Fuller (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Samuel Fuller's skills had been blunted by working in American TV in the 1960s, but the director returned to form on the big screen with this graphic war movie, arguably one of his most accomplished features. In fact, Fuller had regularly tried to make this picture over a period of about 30 years. A crime reporter while still in his teens and an infantryman in the Second World War, Fuller drew on the brutalities that he had witnessed and recorded to produce a powerful and, at times, poetic tale of five soldiers who experience the shocking realities of combat. The squad is lead by Lee Marvin, a perfect choice as the tight-jawed, bullish, growling sergeant, and reminiscent of Fuller himself. This version contains 47 minutes of restored footage cut by the studio on its initial release and is as close to the late director's original vision (Fuller died in 1997) as we can hope to get.


A hardened war veteran is placed in charge of an infantry squad during the Second World War. In battles in Africa and Europe, he leads his men in the face of overwhelming odds, while fighting a contest of wills with a stubborn private, whose idealism is ultimately shattered when faced with the horrors of the holocaust. The 2004 extended cut of Samuel Fuller's Second World War drama, starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine and Bobby Di Cicco.

Cast & Crew

Sergeant Lee Marvin
Griff Mark Hamill
Zab Robert Carradine
Vinci Bobby DiCicco
Johnson Kelly Ward
Schroeder Siegfried Rauch
Walloon Stéphane Audran
Rensonnet Serge Marquand
General / Captain Charles Macaulay
Broban Alain Doutey
War correspondent Samuel Fuller
Director Samuel Fuller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: NFTGuidance: Contains some violence and some swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 29 Apr 2005