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The Thin Red Line (1964)

 |  War, Drama  |  2 May 1964 (USA)
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In Guadalcanal during World War II, a private and his sergeant clash during the heat of battle with the Japanese.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Kanter ...
Fife (as Robert Kanter)
Ray Daley ...
Merlyn Yordan ...
Kieron Moore ...
Jim Gillen ...
Capt. Gaff (as James Gillen)
Charles Stalmaker ...
(as Charles Stalnaker)
Steve Rowland ...
Gary Lasdun
Eddy King ...
(as Edward King)
Jeffrey O'Kelly
Jack Gaskins
Joe Collins


Dark tale of one man's determination to survive his tour of duty. Separated from his new wife after only eight days of marriage, private Doll suddenly decides that he will no longer blindly follow the orders of his superiors, following his own mind instead. What follows are a series of poorly planned attacks, in which Doll saves the day, time after time; eventually leading to the taking of the Elephant in the battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. Sgt. Welsh, Doll's immediate line officer grows an affinity for Doll, helping him through his first Kill, but never quite allowing himself to admit his admiration for the young soldier. The final scene of the movie brings home the true horror of war and the meaninglessness of it all. Written by Tophee

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2 May 1964 (USA)  »

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A última batalha  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The film's title comes from James Jones's novel and, in turn, from an old saying. In the movie, Captain Stone, played by Ray Daley, says, "I remember an old Midwest saying, 'There's only a thin red line between the sane and the mad.' " See more »


Referenced in The Mentalist: The Thin Red Line (2008) See more »

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A movie that stands tall on its own merits, rent it today.
14 February 1999 | by (Morrisville, PA) – See all my reviews

Oops, I got this film by accident, I thought it was the 1998 version. After almost taking it back, I decided to watch it and was glad I did. This is really a very good film working on the characters and situations without having to rely on the star appeal or visual effects as modern films. Do yourselves a favour and repeat my mistake.

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