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The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | | Drama, War | 15 January 1999 (USA)
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Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pvt. Tella
... Witt's Mother (as Penny Allen)
Benjamin Green ... Melanesian Villager (as Benjamin)
... Lt. Col. Billig
... Pvt. Peale
... Cpl. Fife
Norman Patrick Brown ... Pvt. Henry
... Pvt. Witt
... Pvt. Bell
... Capt. Bosche
... Capt. John Gaff
Jarrod Dean ... Cpl. Thorne
... Pvt. Coombs
... Pvt. Weld
... 1st Lt. Band
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Storyline

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. Written by Frank Liesenborgs

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Every man fights his own war.

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Drama | War

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Rated R for realistic war violence and language | See all certifications »

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15 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La delgada línea roja  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$223,548, 27 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,400,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,126,565
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Trivia

Music Editor Lee Scott and Francesco Lupica, the creator and performer of the Cosmic Beam, provided the haunting "metalic" sound to the films score. What sounds like a large distant bell is actually the Cosmic Beam. Malick would later use variations of the Cosmic Beam in his films, The New World (2005) The Tree of Life (2011) To the Wonder (2013) and Knight of Cups (2015) See more »

Goofs

The ship transporting Charlie Company to Guadalcanal is a Victory Ship, first introduced in 1944, while the film is set in November 1942.

Additionally, the Victory ships were built as Merchant Marine cargo vessels, not troop transports. Navy-operated troop transports would have transported Charlie Company to Guadalcanal.

Merchant Marine vessels would also be manned by that branch, not Navy sailors. See more »

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Private Edward P. Train: What's this war in the heart of nature? Why does nature vie with itself? The land contend with the sea? Is there an avenging power in nature? Not one power, but two?
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Composer Wrangler. . . Moanike'ala Nakamoto See more »

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References Sansho the Bailiff (1954) See more »

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The Prophecy from the Village of Kremnus
Composed & Performed by Arsenije Jovanovic
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Visually Stunning And Philosophically Daring
18 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

One of the most visually stunning and philosophically daring war films ever made. In 1978, Terrence Malick made the hit classic 'Days of Heaven', for 20 years after its release, Malick didn't create a single film, that was until the release of 1998's World War II epic 'The Thin Red Line; my God was the wait worth it. 'The Thin Red Line' is a complex and moving depiction of war that happens to act as one of the most realistic portrayals of WWII ever displayed, both visually and psychologically. Literally Malick emerged from hiding to create this gem of a classic that portrays the chaos of war. Despite being the same release year as the much more successful 'Saving Private Ryan', Malick's war flick will go down in Hollywood history as a truly special masterpiece.


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