“Saving that Kraut was the final joke of the whole goddamned war. I mean we had more in common with him than all our replacements who got killed whose names we never even knew.”
Lee Marvin is a Hollywood legend who I recognise, but I’m not sure if I could name a single one of his movies off the top of my head (and it turns out I’ve even written about one here). l know what he looked like, I know the general persona he brought to a role and I know he’s pretty awesome. So why haven’t I seen more of his movies? And if I was gonna make concerted effort to see more of his work, shouldn’t I go back the 50s or 60s? I probably shouldn’t go to the 80s, one of the worst decades in movie making history. Yet, that’s exactly what I did when I watched The Big Red One.
Fighting in the First Infantry Division, nicknamed the Big Red One, a ragtag group of soldiers make their way through World War II, from Africa into Europe. Narrated by Pvt Zab (Robert Carradine), we meet their leader, Lee Marvin as The Sergeant, Mark Hamill as Pvt Griff, and a few others who never made enough of an impression on me to be buggered finding their names of the characters or the actors who played them. (more…)