“The Big Red One” quotes

Movie The Big Red One
Title The Big Red One
Year 1980
Director Samuel Fuller
Genre Drama, War
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Plot – The war has ended few hours ago, but an American sergeant is unaware of it and kills a German soldier. During World War II the sergeant joins the department called 'The Big Red One', whose members are legendary and brave soldiers. The platoon makes honor from Tunisia to Sicily, from Normandy to Belgium and in Czechoslovakia they enter a Nazi concentration camp. Here the sergeant faces again a German soldier and shoots him, but this time he strives to save him.
All actors – Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Stéphane Audran, Siegfried Rauch, Serge Marquand, Charles Macaulay, Alain Doutey, Maurice Marsac, Colin Gilbert
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  • “I'm gonna dedicate my book to those who shot but didn't get shot, because it's about survivors. And surviving is the only glory in war, if you know what I mean.”
    Robert Carradine - Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad
    [Tag:survival, war]
  • “- Pvt. Kaiser, 1st Squad: Did I kill the guy that killed me?
    - The Sergeant: Yes.”

    Perry Lang - Pvt. Kaiser, 1st Squad
    Lee Marvin - The Sergeant
  • “- Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad: I'll be a son-of-a-bitch. My mother sold my novel to Hollywood for Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson.
    - Pvt. Vinci - 1st Squad: Hey, how much?
    - Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad: For fifteen thousand bucks!”

    Robert Carradine - Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad
    Bobby Di Cicco - Pvt. Vinci - 1st Squad
  • “Those Sicilian women cooked us a terrific meal. I'ts too bad they were all over fifty. We were more horny than we were hungry.”
    Robert Carradine - Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad
  • “- Pvt. Johnson - 1st Squad: Would you look at how fast they put the names of all our guys who got killed?
    - The Sergeant: That's a World War One memorial.
    - Pvt. Johnson - 1st Squad: But the name's are the same.
    - The Sergeant: They always are.”

    Kelly Ward - Pvt. Johnson - 1st Squad
    Lee Marvin - The Sergeant
    [Tag:memory, name, war]
  • “I can understand you being horny and all, Fritz... but you have bad breath.”

    Lee Marvin - The Sergeant
  • “- The Sergeant: Killing insane people is not good for public relations.
    - Pvt. Griff - 1st Squad: Killing sane people is okay?
    - The Sergeant: That's right.”

    Lee Marvin - The Sergeant
    Mark Hamill - Pvt. Griff - 1st Squad
    [Tag:killing, madness]
  • “You know how you smoke out a sniper? You send a guy out in the open and you see if he gets shot. They thought that one up at West Point.”
    Robert Carradine - Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad
    [Tag:curiosity, war]
  • “By now we'd come to look at all replacements as dead men who temporarily had the use of the arms and legs. They came and went so fast and so regularly that sometimes we didn't even learn their names. Truth is, after a while, we sort of avoided getting to know them.”
    Robert Carradine - Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad
    [Tag:death, soldiers, war]
  • “- Pvt. Griff - 1st Squad: I can't murder anybody.
    - The Sergeant: We don't murder; we kill.
    - Pvt. Griff - 1st Squad: It's the same thing.
    - The Sergeant: The hell it is, Griff. You don't murder animals; you kill them.”

    Mark Hamill - Pvt. Griff - 1st Squad
    Lee Marvin - The Sergeant
    [Tag:killing, murder]