The Red Badge of Courage

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Plot centers around how a young recruit (Audie Murphy) faces the horrors of war. Character vascilates between wanting to fight and doubting his own courage. In midst of first bloody encounter, Youth runs away. After seeing dead and wounded, sense of shame leads him back to his unit, where he distinguishes himself in the next battle. Having overcome his fear of "the great Death" he knows e can face whatever comes. Somewhat sentimental "coming of age" tale was pet project of John Huston, who fought MGM over casting of Murphy and Bill Mauldin in lead roles.


Technical Specs


 69 min

Sound Mix:

 Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


 Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

 1.37 : 1
Region 1 
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Directed by John Huston
Produced by Gottfried Reinhardt
Dore Schary
Screenplay by John Huston
Albert Band
Based on The Red Badge of Courage
1895 novel
by Stephen Crane
Starring Audie Murphy
Bill Mauldin
Andy Devine
Robert Easton
Douglas Dick
Tim Durant
Narrated by James Whitmore
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by Ben Lewis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 27, 1951
Running time
120 min (original version)
69 min (edited and current version)
Country United States
Language English

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