The Red Badge of Courage (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Red Badge of Courage (1951)




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In this film, based on Stephen Crane's novel, Audie Murphy stars as a Civil War soldier who must redeem himself after an act of cowardice. When he gets his opportunity, he is no less frightened than before; he simply has learned to push on in spite of that fear.

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Audie Murphy
as The Youth
Bill Mauldin
as The Loud Soldier
John Dierkes
as The Tall Soldier
Royal Dano
as The Tattered Man
Douglas Dick
as Lieutenant
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Bill Porter
Andy Devine
as Fat Soldier
Robert Easton
as Thompson
Smith Ballew
as Captain
Jim Hayward
as Union Soldier
Dan White
as Sergeant
Frank McGraw
as Captain
Tim Durant
as General
Gloria Eaton
as Southern Girl
Robert Cherry
as Soldier Who Sings
Whit Bissell
as Wounded Officer
Ed Hinton
as Corporal
Lynn Farr
as Confederate Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Red Badge of Courage

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Ross's portrait of cinematic conflict and compromise yields, in passing, a portrait of true artistry in movies that stands untarnished to this day.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Though [Courage] is a thin study, over-directed and underwritten... it is also the most sharply focused view of soldiering yet presented by Hollywood, and, in the pure sense, one of the most uncompromisingly artistic films ever made in this country.

September 15, 2021 | Full Review…

...impressively epic...

April 6, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

But, if anything, I feel sympathy for Huston. His true sin was merely biting off more than he could chew.

December 27, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The fall and redemption of the protagonist, while clearly predictable, is still intelligently and effectively executed

October 3, 2013 | Rating: 76/100 | Full Review…

What's truly amazing is how good the film is despite MGM slicing it up in the re-editing process.

July 7, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Red Badge of Courage

Audie Murphy and John Huston team up for this spectacular look at the power of the group over the individual. It's wartime, and a newbie recruit frets on whether he will perform to group expectation or not when battle time arrives. It's all easier said than done, eh? Huston, obviously influenced by Hemingway, keeps the anxiety quietly amped up throughout the effort but particularly during the battles scenes. Why has no one told me of this exemplary work before?!?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

In spite of the studio's blasphemous 'recut' of John Huston's work, The Red Badge of Courage successfully illuminates the fragile psyche of the foot soldier in harm's way. Audie Murphy, given his own combat experience, seems perfectly cast as the civil war private battling fear and self-doubt while serving in a union regiment. Like the source material from which it sprang, this film is a study in humanity and man's astonishing ability to persevere.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

For 1951 it was a pretty great movie. It had a great behind it, and got it acrossed well. I felt it ended a little suddenly, and to me it seemed like there seemed to be something missing, though im not sure what, but overall, it was a film , for any civil war buff, too see.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

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