Restored 'Big Red One' screening planned

WASHINGTON — Warner Bros. will announce this week a Hollywood-style charity gala in the nation’s capital to honor the memory of late thesp Lee Marvin and his service in the Marine Corps during World War II.

Centerpiece of the evening — scheduled for April 28, at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theater & Cultural Center — will be a screening of “The Big Red One: The Reconstruction,” a recently restored version of Sam Fuller’s 1980 war epic that starred Marvin.

Expected to attend the festivities are original cast members including Perry Lang, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Kelly Ward and Bobby Di Cicco, who will join widows Pamela Marvin and Christa Fuller and at least two USMC generals in a tribute to fallen Marines everywhere. Previously uncirculated photos of Marvin as a Marine Corps PFC in the Pacific also will be on display.

Slated to speak about the movie and its place among Hollywood war films and in modern history is filmmaker, historian and critic Richard Schickel, who led last year’s effort to restore “The Big Red One” per Fuller’s original intentions.

Tickets, costing $50, entitle bearers to a red-carpet arrival, a seat during the speaking tributes and entry into the screening. All proceeds go to the USMC’s Law Enforcement Foundation, which distributes aid to children of Marines and federal law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty.

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