The Big Red One
The Big Red One is a 1980 American war film written and directed by Samuel Fuller, produced by Lorimar and released by United Artists in the U.S. on July 18, 1980. Fuller wrote a book with the same title which was more a companion novel than a novelisation of the film, although it features many of the scenes that were originally cut. The film portrays the horrors of war as it affects the men on the front lines. It was heavily cut on its original release, but a restored version was premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, seven years after Fuller's death. The Big Red One is the nickname of the 1st Infantry Division, organized in 1917. The film aired on HBO in late 1980.
The Big Red One was originally rated PG by the MPAA. When the film was reconstructed in 2004, it was re-rated R for "war violence and some language" by the MPAA.