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The Red Badge of Courage
Director: John Huston
Screenplay: Albert Band, John Huston, Stephen Crane
Producer: Dore Schary, Gottfried Reinhardt
Cast: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano, John Dierkes
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 69
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Feb 2003 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$19.98]
Reviews:  John Huston's "The Red Badge of Courage", like Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons", is a heartbreakingly beautiful film mutilated by its studio after a disastrous preview process. You can--and should--read the fascinating production history in Lillian Ross's "Picture". "Picture" is a classic--and so's the movie, even in a 69-minute reduction featuring a climactic Civil War battle that has Stephen Crane's young hero wearing his red badge of courage, then not wearing it, then wearing it again (MGM editor-in-chief Margaret Booth recut two different battles into one). Most-decorated-soldier-of-WWII Audie Murphy was chosen to star ("a gentle little killer," Huston mused); the shadow of WWII is also felt in the casting of war-front chronicler Bill Mauldin as Murphy's pal, and in Huston's own experience making his great battlefield documentary "San Pietro". The panoramas evoke Mathew Brady, and Huston's closeup framing brings a psychoanalytic intensity to the terrified young soldier's inner turmoil. "--Richard T. Jameson"

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