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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from 16 votes
||Release: 25 February 1999 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, War
||Director: James Jones,
||Stars: Adrien Brody, Ben Chaplin, Dash Mihok, Elias Koteas, George Clooney, Jared Leto, Jim Caviezel, John C. Reilly, John Cusack, John Travolta, Miranda Otto, Nick Nolte, Nick Stahl, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson
||Synopsis: In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese advance into the Pacific theater. A group of young soldiers is brought in as a relief for the battle-weary Marines. The exhausting fight for a strategically-positioned airfield that allows control over a 1000-mile radius puts the men of the Army rifle company C-for-Charlie through hell. The horrors of war form the soldiers into a tight-knit group; their emotions develop into bonds of love and even family. The reasons for this war get further away as the world for the men gets smaller and smaller until their fighting is for mere survival and the life of the other men with them. Written by Julian Reischl <[email protected]>
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The greatest fault of The Thin Red Line was its timing - it was released at
around the same time as Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. While most people
dismissed The Thin Red Line as the `other' World War II movie of 1998, it's
actually a very different kind of film - the film itself is not hurt by
similarity to Ryan but was hurt commercially due to the misconception.
easy to forget that Red was nominated for seven Oscars. This is an
extraordinary film that can stand well on its own next to
Saving Private Ryan was significant in that it visually depicted war in a
realistic, gritty way. The Thin Red Line's focus is more philosophical.
is about the contradiction between the beauty of nature and the destructive
nature of men. The movie cuts continuously between the external struggle
American GIs fighting to take a crucial hill from Japanese occupation on
Guadalcanal - and more importantly, the internal chaos of war as every man
tries to come to his own terms about matters such as morals, death, God,
Unlike in Saving Private Ryan, there is nothing patriotic about this movie.
In fact, there probably has never been a more anti-war film. The fighting
men here are disillusioned, lost, and frightened. They don't fight for
their country or "democracy" - they fight because they have to. The only
priorities are survival, and - for the more humane - caring for their
comrades. Renowned composer Hans Zimmer - who won an Oscar nomination for
his work-captures the grim mood perfectly and allows us to hear the men's
The characters are portrayed by a strong ensemble cast. Acting is
excellent, especially Nick Nolte as Colonel Tall, who is the unfeeling
commander of the ground offensive on Guadalcanal. Thoroughly unlikable, he
is the closest thing to a villain in the movie. After studying war for an
untold number of years, Tall sees Guadalcanal as his chance to prove
and move up in the ranks - the men are only a tool to accomplish this goal
and expendable. In one crucial scene, he orders a captain (played by Elias
Koteas, in another outstanding role) to lead his men to a frontal assault
against a Japanese controlled hill. When the captain suggests a more
logical alternative, the colonel screams: "You are not gonna take your men
around in the jungle to avoid a goddamn fight!" To this, the captain
replies, `I've lived with these men, sir, for two and a half years and I
will not order them all to their deaths.' Later, when the hill is taken,
is dismissed of his duties as Tall sees him as a threat to the successful
achievement of his goal. Certainly, not every commander must have been
coldhearted and selfish, but surely some were, though not necessarily to
While the acting is very good, much of the cast is relatively unknown and
can initially be hard to distinguish the characters from each other as they
may appear to be very similar. They are all about the same age, have dirt
smeared over their faces, and wear helmets and the same military garb.
Also, the stars in this movie have very small roles. George Clooney and
John Travolta are credited with starring roles while really little more
extras - clearly for marketing purposes. You will not see more than two
minutes of each.
One of the main themes of the movie is the contrast between nature and
destructiveness in war. The director, Terrence Malick, hired
cinematographer John Toll to capture this on camera, and towards achieving
that goal they couldn't have been more successful. The almost surreal
scenery is nothing short of stunning and has the same visual impact as any
special effect. The beauty of nature is always present, even when it is a
setting for battle of destruction, and death.
Though the battle scenes fall short of the frightening realism in Saving
Private Ryan, they are heads and soldiers above every previous attempt.
truly gets the sense that war is a chaotic, often hopeless environment
it is only a matter of luck whether you survive or get killed.
`How did we lose the good that was given us? Or let it slip away? Scatter
carelessly ... trade it for what has no worth?' The film is filled with
such poetic questions as to which there are no real answers. This is
definitely not a party movie. There isn't anything uplifting about it - it
is downright depressing. Asides from entertainment value, however, this is
a film that makes you think.
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, George Clooney
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, Miranda Otto
, Nick Nolte
, Nick Stahl
, Sean Penn
, Woody Harrelson
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