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The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 11 October 1951 (USA)
Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Stephen Crane (novel), John Huston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Henry Fleming - the Youth
Bill Mauldin ... Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier
Douglas Dick ... The Lieutenant
Royal Dano ... The Tattered Man
John Dierkes ... Jim Conklin - the Tall Soldier
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Bill Porter
Tim Durant ... The General
Andy Devine ... The Cheery Soldier
Robert Easton ... Thompson (as Robert Easton Burke)
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Storyline

Plot centers around how a young recruit (Audie Murphy) faces the horrors of war. Character vascilates between wanting to fight and doubting his own courage. In midst of first bloody encounter, Youth runs away. After seeing dead and wounded, sense of shame leads him back to his unit, where he distinguishes himself in the next battle. Having overcome his fear of "the great Death" he knows e can face whatever comes. Somewhat sentimental "coming of age" tale was pet project of John Huston, who fought MGM over casting of Murphy and Bill Mauldin in lead roles. Written by Rita Richardson

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Taglines:

Stephen Crane's Great American Story of the Civil War See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage See more »

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Budget:

$1,640,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Four years later, with the success of Audie Murphy's film autobiography, To Hell and Back (1955), he and some Texas friends tried to buy this film from MGM so they could shoot new footage to replace what had been cut. The studio turned him down. See more »

Goofs

The enlisted soldiers in the film are shown wearing the rectangular Model 1851 belt plate instead of the brass oval "US" belt plate worn by enlisted soldiers. See more »

Quotes

The General: Howdy Jim, Corporal. How are those wounds?
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The General: That's fine, fine. Anybody care for a chaw?
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By vets, FOR vets
11 August 2005 | by p51See all my reviews

Keep in mind that many people involved with this film were WW2 vets. That's important, as I think it made a HUGE difference in how the film came out. Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier of WW2. Bill Mauldin wasn't a line soldier, but he'd been in the infantry before the war. He knew what the daily life of a grunt was all about. And director John Huston had directed films in WW2, standing at the front lines in Italy to do so. They all knew what war should look like. Had these people not been involved, I think this movie wouldn't have rung true as it did then and does today. Sure, the weapons, most of the uniforms and equipment are horribly wrong (this was in the days when a "trapdoor" Springfield rifle and Indian War era equipment was just fine for a Civil War film), but this film must be viewed on it's acting and photography. They got it across what it was like to be SHOT at, and how it felt to be terrified in battle, better than any film since, "All Quiet of the Western Front." Yes, it's seriously abridged and condensed (quite a feat when you consider how short the book is), but it gets the spirit across just fine. It's not perfect by any measure, but you'll never be able to get such a group together to re-make this film and have ring as trued as this classic.


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