The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

DVD - 1999
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In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. The reasons for this war get further away as the world for the men gets smaller and smaller until their fighting is for mere survival and the life of the other men with them.DVD
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [1999]
ISBN: 9781604653199
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 715515062312


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Mar 20, 2019

One of its kind movie. A beautiful masterpiece. Cannot believe I got hands on this movie just now. Music by Hans Zimmer, stunning scenery, great actors all bounded on the thin red line of heroes.....who and where can one draw a line between nature, humanity and violence? One of the best movies I have ever watched.
A war is the worst thing that can happen to a man.

Aug 22, 2018

A confusing mix of good actors in a mediocre movie with some interesting scenes abot the death of nature. The musings in between are breaks in the madness of gunfire.

May 01, 2018

Malick’s return to filmmaking after a twenty-year hiatus is based on James Jones’ novel of the same name, which tells a fictionalized account of the Battle of Mount Austen, part of the Guadalcanal Campaign during World War II. Considered by many critics to be one of the best contemporary war films, it’s also notable for its huge cast of A-list actors, many of whom didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie, or did so in a significantly reduced capacity.

Mar 11, 2018

Terrence Malick's masterpiece! Great screenplay, breathtaking cinematography, good acting by many well known actors and extraordinary music score!
This is not your typical war movie.
Many profound and memorable lines....
" How did we loose all the good that was given us?. Let it slip away. Scattered careless."
" Everyone lookin' for salvation by himself. Each like a coal thrown from the fire."
P.S. Have a moment to read a booklet attached to this bluray set. Explains Terrence Malick vision of this movie in details. Well, well done!

Oct 23, 2017

A religious war movie. What won't Malick think of next?!

Oct 10, 2017

Great acting by Nick Nolte ,very realistic depiction of war in the pacific. I was riveted by the final scene when the GIs overun the Japanese base camp. The voice over narration is great.

This is not your standard Rah-Rah-Rah, "America First" war movie. The excellent 36-page booklet that accompanies the DVD makes this clear. Try and find time to read movie critic David Sterrit's 10-page essay on director Terry Malick's unusually thoughtful movie. It provides many insights into it. The film is based on James Jones's book of the same name. If you read Jones's rewarding 16-page essay on "Phony War Films," you will realize that Malick set out to make an (anti-)war film that was more like "All Quiet on the Western Front" than "Saving Private Ryan." Make time to watch the bonus features on the second DVD, especially the interview with Jones's daughter, Kaylie, and the sanitized contemporary newsreels of the battles for Guadalcanal that made it look like a camping vacation in national park.

Apr 11, 2017

Just an absolutely awesome movie. Scenery, music, dialogue are all off the chart. Awesome!

Jan 19, 2017

I think it's the best film of Terence Malick and one of the great films about war!

Nov 12, 2016

I put off watching this movie for 18 years. I knew it for what it was when it first came out, and after finally watching it (refusing to pay a nickel to watch it), I was as disappointed with it as I knew I would be. The movie does not so much serve as a war film as a smorgasboard of liberal anti-war angst in a montage of disconnected philosophical, rudderless platitudes adrift in the sea of a meaningless human journey attempting to find a meaning to life. The war serves only as a backdrop to the bigger question of the meaning of life, and less that than liberal preachiness about life as Godless and meaningless. Like those who have no grounding in a God who loves us and has revealed himself to us that we might have meaning in Him and a destiny of eternal joy with Him for those who trust in Him, the movie is just as lost. For the most part, poorly cast, waste your time only if you get really bored and don't have any loaded pistols or barbituates in the household. I give it a two only for its gorgeous camerawork in Queensland, Australia's Daintree Rainforest.

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Mar 21, 2019

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Mar 20, 2019

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Feb 25, 2015

Wow, what a complete waste of talent and potential. The Thin Red Line is a beautiful looking movie that is so muddled in the artsy whims of Terrence Malick that it seems to have no real narrative or much semblance of a plot. The cast is huge and talented, but no amount of talent can fix a broken narrative. In fact the original script centered the movie around Jim Caviezel’s character, only to have Malick decide to change the main character to Adrien Brody’s character instead during editing, and then he didn’t tell anyone, including Caviezel, who showed up to the premier to find he was hardly in the film. I really wish Terrence Malick would either allow a real writer to shape the narrative or just become a cinematographer, because he is very talented at putting stunning images on the screen, but can not tell a good story to save his life. 3.5 Beards Out Of 5


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