The Thin Red Line (1998) Full Movie

The Thin Red Line
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The Thin Red Line (1998) : The story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived.

Title The Thin Red Line (1998)
Release Date Mar 05, 1998
Genres , ,
Production Company Fox 2000 Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Geisler-Roberdeau
Production Countries Canada, United States of America
Casts Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, George Clooney, John Travolta
Plot Keywords based on novel or book, world war ii, battle assignment, invasion, marine corps, u.s. army, commander, pacific, rifle, survival, jungle, infantry, steel helmet, sergeant, pacific island, soldier, battle, fighting, guadalcanal, pacific theater, awol, 1940s, philosophic conflict
1st Sgt. Edward Welsh
1st Sgt. Edward Welsh
Sean Penn
Cpl. Geoffrey Fife
Cpl. Geoffrey Fife
Adrien Brody
Pvt. Robert Witt
Pvt. Robert Witt
Jim Caviezel
Pvt. Jack Bell
Pvt. Jack Bell
Ben Chaplin
Capt. James 'Bugger' Staros
Capt. James 'Bugger' Staros
Elias Koteas
Capt. John Gaff
Capt. John Gaff
John Cusack
Sgt. William Keck
Sgt. William Keck
Woody Harrelson
Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
Nick Nolte
Sgt. Maynard Storm
Sgt. Maynard Storm
John C. Reilly
Capt. Charles Bosche
Capt. Charles Bosche
George Clooney
Brig. Gen. David Quintard
Brig. Gen. David Quintard
John Travolta
Pvt. Alfredo Tella
Pvt. Alfredo Tella
Kirk Acevedo
Pvt. Christopher Peale
Pvt. Christopher Peale
Mark Boone Junior
Pvt. Howard Coombs
Pvt. Howard Coombs
Matt Doran
1st Lt. George
1st Lt. George "Brass" Band
Paul Gleeson
Sgt. Paul Becker
Sgt. Paul Becker
Don Harvey
Pfc. Charlie Dale
Pfc. Charlie Dale
Arie Verveen
2nd Lt. William Whyte
2nd Lt. William Whyte
Jared Leto
Sgt. Jack McCron
Sgt. Jack McCron
John Savage
Pfc. Edward Bead
Pfc. Edward Bead
Nick Stahl
Marty Bell
Marty Bell
Miranda Otto
Pvt. Brian Tills
Pvt. Brian Tills
Tim Blake Nelson
Pfc. Don Doll
Pfc. Don Doll
Dash Mihok
Pvt. Frank Mazzi
Pvt. Frank Mazzi
Larry Romano
Witt's Mother
Witt's Mother
Penelope Allen
Pvt. Leonardo Carni
Pvt. Leonardo Carni
Danny Hoch
Pvt. Ash
Pvt. Ash
Thomas Jane
Marl
Marl
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Reviews

  • CRCulver

    The circumstances around Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line are sometimes more talked about than the film itself. The reclusive director had made a big splash in the Seventies, but there followed two decades of silence. When he finally reappeared in 1998 to direct this adaptation of James Jones's novel about the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II, many actors were desperate to work with him and he was able to gather a large ensemble cast. He shot over five hours of footage but had to cut it down to three, leaving out many actors entirely from the finished version. The Thin Red Line tells of the American battle against Japanese forces on the island from the landing on its beach to the time the initial troops are relieved and sail off for some new, unknown deployment. But it actually begins shortly before this when Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), who has been AWOL and living with the local Melanesian people on a nearby island, is discovered by a patrol and brought in before his sargeant. The battle itself involves the men of C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division: besides Caviezel as Witt, major roles are played by Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Adrien Brody and Ben Chaplin. Elias Koteas is Capt. Staros, who tries to look out for his men, while a hyperbolic Nick Nolte plays their commander who sees the infantry as nothing but cannon fodder to wrecklessly throw at the Japanese. For most of its 3-hour length, the men are torn apart by Japanese machine gun fire as they try to take a hill, but the enemy is never directly seen. Between scenes of great violence, there are portentous voiceovers by various characters as they meditate on what war says about the larger human drama. Eventually US forces are able to overcome Japanese positions, and the Japanese side of the offensive is depicted with more fairness and equanimity than in most American films on the Pacific Theatre of the war. While the realistic depiction of battle might touch viewers -- and its hard to knock any World War II film since they spur one to read more about this crucial event in history, this is not a great film. It has obviously been cut heavily from its original length. John C. Reilly appears several times at the centre of shots, clearly meant to be a major character, but most of his scenes and all of his back story were cut. The philosophic voiceovers come across as pretentious instead of insightful. Furthermore, I find this a very "Hollywood" film, with the acting often exaggerated. Woody Harrelson doesn't play a WWII grunt, he plays Woody Harrelson. George Clooney appears at the end and all realism goes out the window: there's no way this suave, handsome leading man has been fighting a war for some time now. Hans Zimmer's musical score too obviously pulls the audience towards prescribed emotions.