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The Thin Red Line (1964)

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

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writers:

James Jones (from the novel by), Bernard Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keir Dullea ... Pvt. Doll
Jack Warden ... First Sgt. Welsh
James Philbrook ... Col. Tall
Bob Kanter ... Fife (as Robert Kanter)
Ray Daley Ray Daley ... Capt. Stone
Merlyn Yordan Merlyn Yordan ... Judy
Kieron Moore ... Lt. Band
Jim Gillen Jim Gillen ... Capt. Gaff (as James Gillen)
Charles Stalmaker Charles Stalmaker ... (as Charles Stalnaker)
Steve Rowland ... Mazzi
Gary Lasdun Gary Lasdun
Eddy King Eddy King ... (as Edward King)
Jeffrey O'Kelly Jeffrey O'Kelly
Jack Gaskins Jack Gaskins
Joe Collins Joe Collins
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A última batalha See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Mono (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.' "

The original 'Thin Red Line' refers to the routing of a Russian cavalry charge by the Sutherland Highlanders 93rd (Highland) Regiment during the Battle of Balaklava on 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War. See more »

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Version of The Thin Red Line (1998) See more »

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Lust to kill drives Marines in island combat.
26 December 1998 | by chaz-18See all my reviews

Grim psychological study of two Marines on Guadalcanal, each seemingly trying to top the other in body count of Japanese slain, not for God, country, or to win the war, but for the sheer joy of killing.

Extremely realistic combat sequences coupled with Dullea's excellent portrayal of the on-the-edge-of-madness Pvt. Doll make this one of my favorite war films.


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