The Big Red One: The Reconstruction [Special Edition] [DVD] [2004]

  • SKU: 14276516
  • Release Date: 05/03/2005
  • Rating: PG

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    50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 2)


    The Big Red One: The Reconstruction
    Iconoclastic film director Samuel Fuller spent decades nurturing his dream project, a movie about his experiences in the Army's First Infantry Division during World War II, but it wasn't until 1979 that he was able to finally bring the picture before the cameras. Unfortunately, Fuller was forced by his producers to work with a scaled-down budget, and he did not have final cut on the film; after his first rough cut ran nearly four-and-a-half hours, the studio took over editing on the project, and Fuller was vocally unhappy with the final results. In 2003, critic and film historian Richard Schickel initiated an effort to restore The Big Red One to a form that more closely resembled Fuller's original vision; using a large cache of newly discovered footage and the director's shooting script as a guide, the 113-minute theatrical version was expanded to 158 minutes, adding depth and detail to Fuller's sweeping and episodic tale of a hard-as-nails sergeant (Lee Marvin) and four inexperienced recruits under his command (Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, and Kelly Ward) as they battle their way across Africa to Europe between 1942 and 1945. Schickel's reconstruction received enthusiastic reviews when it went into limited release in the fall of 2004. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Lee Marvin
      Lee Marvin - Sergeant Possum
    • Mark Hamill
      Mark Hamill - Griff
    • Robert Carradine
      Robert Carradine - Zab
    • Bobby Di Cicco
      Bobby Di Cicco - Vinci
    • Kelly Ward
      Kelly Ward - Johnson

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars


      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Not the movie but a documentary of. This is not clearly stated on the DVD case. Disc inside labeled "disc 2". It was the only disc in package. When I tried to return it to a local Best Buy they said they wouldn't accept it because I had opened it. How can I know what's inside without opening it?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Definitely worthwhile

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This one's a keeper. If you've ever wanted to see Mark Hamill do something worth watching outside of the original Star Wars trilogy, this is it. A great war movie from the early eighties and another title that I recently picked up for under two dollars and free shipping. It's very, very good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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