icon Film Profile: The Thin Red Line - (1998)
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6.9/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"Every man fights his own war."


  • Director: Terrence Malick
  • Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • Studio: Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 195 Mins

After 20 years in the film-making wilderness, Terrence Malick released this belated third feature - a magnificent account of the Second World War battle for Guadalcanal island in the South Pacific. Based on James Jones's novel of the same name, first filmed in 1964, it's a long, discursive and deeply philosophical evocation of war, beautifully shot by John Toll. Although the film boasts an all-star cast, big names such as John Travolta and George Clooney make only brief appearances, though Sean Penn as a cynical sergeant and Nick Nolte as an uncompromising lieutenant colonel make deeper impressions. The principal role, however, goes to the then-little-known Jim Caviezel as Private Witt, the nonconformist and idealist who seems completely at one with the tropical surroundings, while British actor Ben Chaplin gives a convincing performance as the ordinary Joe who dreams of his wife back home. But it is Malick himself who provides the real star turn with his extraordinary direction. This is a modern masterpiece.
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Cast List:
First Sgt Welsh : Sean Penn
Private Witt : Jim Caviezel
Captain Gaff : John Cusack
Private Bell : Ben Chaplin
Lt Col Tall : Nick Nolte
Keck : Woody Harrelson
Captain "Bugger" Staros : Elias Koteas
Qintard : John Travolta
Bosche : George Clooney
Corporal Fife : Adrien Brody
Storm : John C Reilly
Whyte : Jared Leto
Tills : Tim Blake Nelson
McCron : John Savage
Bead : Nick Stahl
Ash : Tom Jane
Marty Bell : Miranda Otto

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