Friday, August 20, 2010

Review – The Big Red One

This movie should appeal more to World War Two buffs than to war movie fans. The story features several clever nods to actual events, such as Lee Marvin’s character getting shot in North Africa in a manner that mirrors the actor’s actual bullet wound received in combat in the Pacific. On the other hand, it has a few groaners as well, such as the use of Israeli-American tanks to play German Tigers. The plot is a relentless parade of WWII clichés. Still, at least it has a sense of fun largely absent from larger, more self-important productions such as Saving Private Ryan. Mildly amusing

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