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The Thin Red Line
- Sean Penn

Overview - Terrence Malick returns to Hollywood after a two-decade hiatus with this adaptation of the classic WWII novel by James Jones. The story follows the efforts of an army platoon to capture the Japanese-controlled island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific Ocean, which will have a major effect on the outcome of the war.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Terrence Malick returns to Hollywood after a two-decade hiatus with this adaptation of the classic WWII novel by James Jones. The story follows the efforts of an army platoon to capture the Japanese-controlled island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific Ocean, which will have a major effect on the outcome of the war. The members of C-for-Charlie Company are all fighting for different reasons: some to achieve glory, some to fight for democracy, and some simply to remain alive. They spend the quieter moments reflecting upon their existence, searching for meaning amid the senselessness of war. Malick's reputation as one of cinema's most brilliant directors, based on his masterworks BADLANDS and DAYS OF HEAVEN, enabled him to pull together one of the largest ensemble all-star casts in Hollywood history. The result is a sprawling epic that carries itself like a poem read in a dream, a feeling that is greatly enhanced by John Toll's floating camerawork and Hans Zimmer's haunting score. Rather than concentrating solely on the violence and destruction of war, Malick uses the situation to address philosophical questions such as man versus nature, war versus peace, and good versus evil. THE THIN RED LINE proves that after a 20-year layoff, Malick hasn't lost a step.

Cast List

Robert Michael Geisler - Producer
Leslie Jones - Editor
Nick Nolte - American actor, AFFLICTION
Arie Verveen - Actor
Jared Leto - Actor
Hans Zimmer - Composer
Jack Fisk - Director/Art Director
Terrence Malick - Director/Screenwriter/Producer
Terry Malick - Director/Screenwriter/Producer
Miranda Otto - Australian actress
Woody Harrelson - Woody of TV's "Cheers"
Tim Blake Nelson - Actor/Director
Saar Klein - Editor
Elias Koteas - Actor
Nick Stahl - Film & television actor, SIN CITY
John Savage - American Actor
Dash Mihok - Actor
Ben Chaplin - British Actor
David Harrod - Actor/"Tuskegee Airmen"
John Roberdeau - Producer
Margot Wilson - Costume Designer, THE PROPOSITION (2005)
Billy Weber - American Editor
John C. Reilly - American Supporting Actor
Adrien Brody - American Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Jim Caviezel - Actor
James Caviezel - Actor
John Cusack - American actor, SAY ANYTHING/GROSSE POINTE BLANK
Grant Hill - PRODUCER/UPM
James Jones - American Novelist
George Clooney - American actor/director
Thomas Jane
Sean Penn - Actor, Director
John Travolta - American actor, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, GREASE, PHENOMENON
John Toll

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 130
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543030010
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (For realistic war violence and language.)
  • Release Date: March 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
War
World War II
Recommended
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Essential Cinema
Nature
Based On A Novel

 
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Synopsis:
Terrence Malick's return to the director's chair after a 20-year absence is a challenging, philosophical, epic poem that already stands as a historic cinematic achievement. Continuing the blend of abstracted intellect and pure, honest emotion that he established with his previous 1970s classics, BADLANDS and DAYS OF HEAVEN, this adaptation of the James Jones novel feels like a nostalgic dream. Stellar contributions from John Toll and Hans Zimmer, along with the floating voice-overs of the characters, combine to create a thoughtful, sensitive reflection on the nature of man and the absurdity of war.

Notes:
Director Terrence Malick had a clause in his contract that no pictures could be taken of him at any point during production. Actors that didn't make the film's final cut include Lukas Haas, Bill Pullman, Jason Patric, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Bob Thornton, and Martin Sheen. In the script, the part of Cpl. Fife (Adrien Brody) was one of the meatiest, although he barely speaks a line in the finished film.

Reviews:
"...Malick's return is a cause for celebration. His harsh, haunting film shuns the platitudes to expose war as a crime against nature..." - 01/21/1999 Rolling Stone, p.83-4


"...An extraordinary achievement....THE THIN RED LINE is hugely effective as a film about the absurdity of war..." - 03/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.53-4


"...[A] masterpiece of poetic flourish and grand ambition..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 10/01/1999 Total Film, p.98


"...Terrence Malick's first movie since 1978's DAYS OF HEAVEN is just as sensual, subliminally stirring and magnificently photographed..." -- 4 out of 4 stars - 12/24/1998 USA Today, p.4D


"...[Malick's] intoxication with natural beauty, fused so palpably with the psychic sleepwalking of his human characters, remains exactly as it was....Here is a visceral reminder of all that made his past work so hauntingly majestic..." - 12/23/1998 New York Times, p.E1


"...A monumental accomplishment....THE THIN RED LINE must be seen, felt and remembered to be fully appreciated. And for those willing to rise to the occasion, the reward is beyond compare..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - 02/01/1999 Box Office, p.61


"...Malick has retained his eye for crystalline images, and a facility for camera movement so fluid as to seem almost thought-activated..." - 12/23/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...The battle scenes themselves are masterful..." - 01/08/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.27


"Malick goes further, trying to puzzle out what about war makes us human, an willingly accepting whatever wonders and awful truths present themselves as answers." -- Grade: A - 10/06/2010 A.V. Club

 
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