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, Medium level violence, Low level coarse language170 minsUSA
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.