The Big Red One (1980)
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A decent World War II flick, but with little new to offer for anyone familiar with the genre. The plot consists of random episodes that seem to symbolise rather obvious themes of war. The characters have their moments but stay through to type (or should I say clicheé) and are therefore somewhat shallow. They did not interest me much despite good efforts from the cast, especially Lee Marvin.
Johnson: Would you look at how fast they put up the names of all our guys who got killed?
Sgt. Possum: That's a World War One memorial.
Johnson: But the names are the same.
Sgt. Possum: They always are.
Not a fan. Film lacks some spark, life. Marvin was great as expected, but the move - meh.
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This movie ranks #62 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #83 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #89 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #259 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #323 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #439 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #483 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #665 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #725 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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