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The Red Badge of Courage
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. (imdb)
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The Red Badge of Courage

1951
War
1h 9m
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Avg Percentile 51.57% from 114 total ratings

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Rated 11 Jun 2010
65
53rd
The battle scenes were pretty good but the rest of the movie was boring or out dated.
Rated 06 Nov 2010
3
32nd
I don't see how even restoring this to its original cut would improve upon the terrible casting choices. The whole thing just has the feel of a made-for-TV movie.
Rated 13 Sep 2013
77
63rd
It's undercut by its stilted emphasis on fidelity to the book and the horrendous cuts at the hands of the studio, but even so there's a beauty and fragility that shines through. Moments of absolute grace and magnificence. The strength of its character despite awkwardness and false starts is very much in spirit with the appeal of Crane in the first place.
Rated 28 Apr 2015
48
31st
Feels too slight to really dig into it's themes. Famously heavily cut and one of those movies like Ambersons that one would really like to know just what was filmed and what existed in it's director's mind. Still well-made, well-acted and with an interesting twist on the experience of likely facing one's death in battle.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
16
89th
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 21 Apr 2016
60
38th
Impressive battle scenes and the unusual compositions and tilted camera angles gives it an eerie feeling ahead of its time. But the studio-added narrator and butcher-cuts completely ruins it.
Rated 14 Jun 2019
75
58th
Pretty good, though not too subtle. Awful short. I keep reading about the way the studio cut it, which is a shame.
Rated 07 May 2022
70
41st
Solid war film with great battle scenes that capture a view of battle as completely unfollowable chaos. Strong performance by Murphy and well handled by Huston. The film was famously cut by the studio from 120 to 69 minutes without consultation with Huston. I would have loved to have seen Huston's original vision for this, though it is believed to be lost.
Rated 09 Nov 2023
70
96th
This was a unique and intimate Civil War movie. Wasn't expecting this kind of approach. Felt human. Shows the soldiers as people, actual persons, all part of the higher-up's pawns, trying to process what they're actually a part of. I think the impressions made here is going to be a slow burn for me, grasping the impact it's made gradually over time.

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