The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

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The Thin Red Line

Epic war drama featuring a star-studded ensemble cast including Sean Penn and Nick Nolte. Nominated for seven Oscars, and won director Terrence Malick the Golden Berlin Bear.

Based on the novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived.

Winner of the Golden Bear (Malick) and Honourable Mention (John Toll) for camera work, 1999 Berlin International Film Festival
1998Rating: M, Violence & offensive language170 minsUSA
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Village Voice

Village Voice

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At two hours and 45 minutes, The Thin Red Line gives ample evidence of suffering all manner of cuts, if not having been simply hacked into its final shape. But this violence only adds to the movie's brave, strange, eroded nobility.

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Variety

Variety

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A complex, highly talented work marked by intellectual and philosophical ambitions!

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Time Out

Time Out

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It's a genuinely epic ciné-poem that essentially sidesteps history, politics and conventional ethics to deal with war as an absolute, inevitable and eternal facet of existence.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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The thinking person's Saving Private Ryan.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Fascinating!

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Most platoon dramas emphasize comradeship, but this most cosmic and interior of war movies is finally about the impossibility of escaping one's own head.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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The Thin Red Line is an epic aestheticisation of World War II, a movie at once bold and baffling, immediate and abstract.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

press

At two hours and 45 minutes, The Thin Red Line gives ample evidence of suffering all manner of cuts, if not having been simply hacked into its final shape. But this violence only adds to the movie's brave, strange, eroded nobility.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A complex, highly talented work marked by intellectual and philosophical ambitions!

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's a genuinely epic ciné-poem that essentially sidesteps history, politics and conventional ethics to deal with war as an absolute, inevitable and eternal facet of existence.

0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

The thinking person's Saving Private Ryan.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Fascinating!

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Most platoon dramas emphasize comradeship, but this most cosmic and interior of war movies is finally about the impossibility of escaping one's own head.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The Thin Red Line is an epic aestheticisation of World War II, a movie at once bold and baffling, immediate and abstract.

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