For me I love these type of films. I found this to be brillaint!!
This is the restored version of Director Sam Fullers WW2 epic , the original was deemed too violent by the studio (Oh noes a violent war film!!). Original material has been added by a restoration team and now this is a film with the resolute stamp of empirical authority.
The main characters are all part of the 1st Infantry , the Big Red One of the films title , named after their insignia. Ex Marine Lee Marvin in his last great role plays the gruff Sergeant along with Privates Griff , Zab Vinci and Johnson. Griff is played by Mark Hamill at the peak of his Star Wars fame. We follow them from North Africa to Sicily onto Omaha Beach and through Europe until they liberate a Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. The film is a series of intense battle sequences , interspersed by periods of quiet reflection , jokey banter and the cold dread of death.
There is grim humour in the script , but also poetry and understated emotion.
Recommend for war film lovers
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