1970s The Red Badge of Courage (1974)

Published on June 20th, 2007 | by Chris

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The Red Badge of Courage (1974)


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On June 20, 2007
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The production is mediocre, and I quickly grew weary of the strings-and-harmonica "country" soundtrack they plastered on here.

The Red Badge of Courage (1974)Two words.  Skip it!  Wait for the 1951 version of this starring Audie Murphy and Bill Mauldin to come around on the tube, or something.  Just avoid this at all costs.

Stephen Crane's classic novel, "The Red Badge of Courage", about a boy who becomes a man through the trials of his experience in the Civil War is turned into a glossy Cliff Notes version here.

Starring Richard "John Boy Walton" Thomas, his less-than-stellar performance *is* the highlight of the hour.  Which is about all the longer this made-for-TV fiasco is (thank goodness!)

The production is mediocre, and I quickly grew weary of the strings-and-harmonica "country" soundtrack they plastered on here.

Better yet, sit down and just read the book.  I'm sure most of us had to read it at one point in our schooled past, but it might warrant a second look....

The Red Badge of Courage (1974) Chris

Summary: The production is mediocre, and I quickly grew weary of the strings-and-harmonica "country" soundtrack they plastered on here.

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5 Responses to The Red Badge of Courage (1974)

  1. Liz says:

    As much as you dislike the 1974 version of this movie, I am looking to find it for personal reasons. If you have any idea where I can get a copy of this movie with Richard Thomas, please let me know. Thank you.

  2. Chris says:

    Hi, Liz. If memory serves I caught this on a late night TV showing and recorded it…. It doesn’t seem to show up on Amazon’s radar, or even Netflix. If I happen to see it out in the wild I will let you know.

  3. Jay says:

    This movie may have had bad reviews but I am still very interested in seeing it. I remember watching it when i was about eight years old. I have never seen it since the mid 70’s. It has always peaked my fascination no matter how bad it is. How & why is it not available to watch anywhere. Another series I am looking for is the tv series Logans Run with Gregory Harrison. Has this ever been released. I know these are bad but they are childhood memories. It can’t be any worse than watching reruns of the brady bunch:)

  4. Linda says:

    I just bought a copy on DVD for $10 from Queensbury. I’m so happy to have finally found it! !

  5. Orest Michael Logusz says:

    Critics will have their say, but the public is what makes it. I loved the ’74 version and it caught the horror of the American Civil War in a huge way. As for “John Boy,” he played an outstanding role in this remake of the early 1950’s movie with Audie Murphy. John Boy also did an excellent performance in the World War I movie All Quiet on the Western Front. Colonel Michael o. Logusz,

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