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 affected 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 the men face the terror and chaos of war.

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akirakato
Jan 14, 2020

Written and directed by Terrence Malick in 1998 based on the 1962 novel of the same name by James Jones, this war drama depicts a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount Austen, which was part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
With an enormous cast of big stars, this film seems like a daringly philosophical war drama.
Unfortunately, however, it turns out a flop simpley because of too many voices over instead of showing gripping actions that deliver the emotions and meanings.
The film appears too long without showing heartfelt actions.
Any good director could make it into an hour-and-half version.

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Lucik32
Mar 20, 2019

One of its kind movie. A beautiful masterpiece. Cannot believe I got hands on this movie just now. Music by Hans Zimmer, stunning scenery, great actors all bounded on the thin red line of heroes.....who and where can one draw a line between nature, humanity and violence? One of the best movies I have ever watched.
A war is the worst thing that can happen to a man.

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empbee
Aug 22, 2018

A confusing mix of good actors in a mediocre movie with some interesting scenes abot the death of nature. The musings in between are breaks in the madness of gunfire.

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funpanda34
May 01, 2018

Malick’s return to filmmaking after a twenty-year hiatus is based on James Jones’ novel of the same name, which tells a fictionalized account of the Battle of Mount Austen, part of the Guadalcanal Campaign during World War II. Considered by many critics to be one of the best contemporary war films, it’s also notable for its huge cast of A-list actors, many of whom didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie, or did so in a significantly reduced capacity.

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singidunum_25
Mar 11, 2018

Terrence Malick's masterpiece! Great screenplay, breathtaking cinematography, good acting by many well known actors and extraordinary music score!
This is not your typical war movie.
Many profound and memorable lines....
" How did we loose all the good that was given us?. Let it slip away. Scattered careless."
" Everyone lookin' for salvation by himself. Each like a coal thrown from the fire."
P.S. Have a moment to read a booklet attached to this bluray set. Explains Terrence Malick vision of this movie in details. Well, well done!

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SunsetBranch
Oct 23, 2017

A religious war movie. What won't Malick think of next?!

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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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Lucik32
Mar 21, 2019

"Everything a lie. Everything you hear, everything you see. So much to spew out. They just keep coming, one after another. You're in a box. A moving box. They want you dead...or in their lie.
Only one thing a man can do- find something that's his...make an island for himself." 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh

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Lucik32
Mar 20, 2019

"If I never meet you in this life. Let me feel the lack. A glance from your eyes...and my life will be yours." 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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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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