The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

DVD - 2001
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In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. This is the story of Charlie Company's landing and battle experience there in 1942. The story concentrates on how the battle affects, and is effected by, Commanding officer Lt. Col. Gordon Tall, Captain James Staros, Sgt. Edward Welsh, and two privates, Witt and Bell. Charlie Company is attacking a seemingly impregnable position, and them men just face the terror and chaos of war.

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VonHafenstaaad
Oct 10, 2017

Great acting by Nick Nolte ,very realistic depiction of war in the pacific. I was riveted by the final scene when the GIs overun the Japanese base camp. The voice over narration is great.

This is not your standard Rah-Rah-Rah, "America First" war movie. The excellent 36-page booklet that accompanies the DVD makes this clear. Try and find time to read movie critic David Sterrit's 10-page essay on director Terry Malick's unusually thoughtful movie. It provides many insights into it. The film is based on James Jones's book of the same name. If you read Jones's rewarding 16-page essay on "Phony War Films," you will realize that Malick set out to make an (anti-)war film that was more like "All Quiet on the Western Front" than "Saving Private Ryan." Make time to watch the bonus features on the second DVD, especially the interview with Jones's daughter, Kaylie, and the sanitized contemporary newsreels of the battles for Guadalcanal that made it look like a camping vacation in national park.

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ferm_dawg
Apr 11, 2017

Just an absolutely awesome movie. Scenery, music, dialogue are all off the chart. Awesome!

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Danilushka
Jan 19, 2017

I think it's the best film of Terence Malick and one of the great films about war!

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Jersey2tall62
Nov 12, 2016

I put off watching this movie for 18 years. I knew it for what it was when it first came out, and after finally watching it (refusing to pay a nickel to watch it), I was as disappointed with it as I knew I would be. The movie does not so much serve as a war film as a smorgasboard of liberal anti-war angst in a montage of disconnected philosophical, rudderless platitudes adrift in the sea of a meaningless human journey attempting to find a meaning to life. The war serves only as a backdrop to the bigger question of the meaning of life, and less that than liberal preachiness about life as Godless and meaningless. Like those who have no grounding in a God who loves us and has revealed himself to us that we might have meaning in Him and a destiny of eternal joy with Him for those who trust in Him, the movie is just as lost. For the most part, poorly cast, waste your time only if you get really bored and don't have any loaded pistols or barbituates in the household. I give it a two only for its gorgeous camerawork in Queensland, Australia's Daintree Rainforest.

There was nudity within the first three minutes. I immediately shut it down.

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JackPurcell
Apr 23, 2015

Reasonably good war movie from the novel by James Jones of the same name. [Also authored From Here to Eternity]

AladarNyc Sep 21, 2014

Overall this is a good movie. It is long, and it loses it's focus several times through out. But, realistic battle scences and great visual settings make this a highly watchable film. Too many "Name" brand actors do detract somewhat, as they seem to struggle for a piece of the acting pie. John Travolta's cameo as an Admiral (or something) is a true example of "mis-casting". He looks down right silly.

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0cho
Jun 23, 2014

The cinematography is so beautiful with this movie that at times you will think that you are watching a national geographic show instead of a war movie. Overall this is a very long movie, some parts are excellent while others are just tedious. If you are interested in the Pacific theatre of war then watch the Pacific instead of this movie, it’s done way better and depicts things in much greater detail.

gap123 Jun 09, 2014

Another Malick masterpiece. The Tree of Life is even more astonishing. But don't take my word for it, watch it!

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BeardedMovieGuy
Feb 25, 2015

Wow, what a complete waste of talent and potential. The Thin Red Line is a beautiful looking movie that is so muddled in the artsy whims of Terrence Malick that it seems to have no real narrative or much semblance of a plot. The cast is huge and talented, but no amount of talent can fix a broken narrative. In fact the original script centered the movie around Jim Caviezel’s character, only to have Malick decide to change the main character to Adrien Brody’s character instead during editing, and then he didn’t tell anyone, including Caviezel, who showed up to the premier to find he was hardly in the film. I really wish Terrence Malick would either allow a real writer to shape the narrative or just become a cinematographer, because he is very talented at putting stunning images on the screen, but can not tell a good story to save his life. 3.5 Beards Out Of 5

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