As war movies go, this one lacks any element of a good movie. I bought the DVD on the strength of its many recommendations in Amazon.com and resold it after the first viewing. The problems are too numerous to detail in a short review, but here are a few: First, no one platoon could be present (indeed, the first to arrive) at all of the major events the "Big Red One" experienced -- this is flatly unrealistic. Second, there is no dramatic tension. In fact, there is no drama in the classical sense at all. The platoon sort of wanders around Africa and Europe fighting at times. Where is the human involvement? Why do we care about these specific soldiers? A better movie on this score is Platoon. The action is decent but the directing does not really capture the moment in the same way as, for example, Saving Private Ryan. The acting was good on average, but this did not save the directionless meanderings of the non-plot. In fact, I cannot even recommend seeing this once in light of the shortness of life and the many other good war films that are available, unless you just gotta see Mark Hamill play something other than a jedi knight (and play it well!).