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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pvt. Doll
... First Sgt. Welsh
James Philbrook ... Col. Tall
... Fife (as Robert Kanter)
Ray Daley ... Capt. Stone
Merlyn Yordan ... Judy
... Lt. Band
Jim Gillen ... Capt. Gaff (as James Gillen)
Charles Stalmaker ... (as Charles Stalnaker)
... Mazzi
Gary Lasdun
Eddy King ... (as Edward King)
Jeffrey O'Kelly
Jack Gaskins
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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This movie takes place at the Battle of Guadacanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500-km². Guadacanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadacanal in Andalusia, Spain. de Ortega worked under Álvaro de Mendaña who charted the island in 1568. See more »

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A movie that stands tall on its own merits, rent it today.
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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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