Cast and Crew: Gene Corman (Producer); Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Perry Lang
What It’s About: The members of an infantry squad in the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”) fight their way through the war, from North Africa to Sicily to D-Day, Belgium, France and finally to a death camp.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is V-E Day, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. The Big Red One is based on writer/director Samuel Fuller’s experiences serving in the “Big Red One” during the War and gives a broad view of the European theater, covering most of the major actions from the viewpoint of grunts in the infantry.
Where to Get It: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu; your local library; YouTube Movies; Netflix (DVD)
It seems this movie doesn’t get enough attention when war movies are discussed, which is a shame because it’s a really good movie and one of my favorites.