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The Thin Red Line war movie

The Thin Red Line (1998, United States)

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The Thin Red Line

Director: Terrence Malick

Czas: 170 minut

Laguages: English

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2024-04-07 / 1970-01-01

US Marines are preparing for the first big push in the Pacific - the Guadalcanal - but are they really ready for what awaits them?

US Marines aboard of the landing ships are preparing for their first major involvement in World War 2 - landing on the Guadalcanal island. The soldiers present various approaches to the idea of finally meeting the Japanese face to face. Their officers are trying to explain to them how important the operation is, but at their state of mind their own survival is more important to them than any patriotic ideas. Without much resistance the C Company reaches the base of the hill and under pressure from Lieutenant Tall they start the frontal attack. Despite of the cover from tall grass the C Company gets under heavy fire from the top of the hill, where the Japanese have prepared the bunkers and trenches. Captain Staros stops the attack, but Lieutenant Tall keeps pushing him over the radio to take a chance and attack again. The clash between the two is inevitable, especially when Staros refuses to accept the order to attack.

Based on the famous James Jones’ novel the movie shows wide range of characters, each presenting different views on the war, life, future and past. It was all fine during the training, but when they have to face the enemy they will have to make decisions that will change their own life, but also lives of the people around them. Jones himself was Guadalcanal veteran and his novel gives powerful image of how young people reacted put in front of the enemy, where each step means danger. The movie manages to show the atmosphere of the novel and creators did well when it comes to realism and gathered quite impressive cast.

Our rating


Film value

8 / 10

Realism factor

5 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5

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Creators of The Thin Red Line

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Terrence Malick


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James Jones


Cast of The Thin Red Line

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Jim Caviezel

as Pvt. Witt

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Nick Nolte

as Lt. Col. Gordon Tall

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Elias Koteas

as Capt. James Staros

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Sean Penn

as 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh

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Ben Chaplin

as Pvt. Bell

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Dash Mihok

as Pfc. Doll

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John Cusack

as Capt. John Gaff

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Adrien Brody

as Cpl. Fife

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John C. Reilly

as Sgt. Storm

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Woody Harrelson

as Sgt. Keck

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Jared Leto

as 2nd Lt. Whyte

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John Travolta

as Brig. Gen. Quintard

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George Clooney

as Capt. Charles Bosche

Events depicted in The Thin Red Line

World War II (1936-1945) Guadalcanal Campaign (7 Aug 1942)

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