The Thin Red Line

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After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for twenty years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones’s... read more
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After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for twenty years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones’s 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, The Thin Red Line is also one of the most deeply philosophical films ever released by a major Hollywood studio, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence. Featuring a cast of contemporary cinema’s finest actors—Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Woody Harrelson among them—The Thin Red Line is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat that ranks as one of the greatest war films ever produced.

Original Release

12/23/1998

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Cast

Sean Penn 1st Sgt. Welsh
Adrien Brody Cpl. Fife
Jim Caviezel Pvt. Witt
Ben Chaplin Pvt. Bell
George Clooney Capt. Bosche
John Cusack Capt. John Gaff
Woody Harrelson Sgt. Keck
Elias Koteas Capt. Staros
Nick Nolte Lt. Col. Tall
John Travolta Brig. Gen. Quintard
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Directors

Terrence Malick

Writers

James Jones, Terrence Malick

Cast

Sean Penn 1st Sgt. Welsh
Adrien Brody Cpl. Fife
Jim Caviezel Pvt. Witt
Ben Chaplin Pvt. Bell
George Clooney Capt. Bosche
John Cusack Capt. John Gaff
Woody Harrelson Sgt. Keck
Elias Koteas Capt. Staros
Nick Nolte Lt. Col. Tall
John Travolta Brig. Gen. Quintard
Kirk Acevedo Pvt. Tella
Mark Boone Junior Pvt. Peale
Matt Doran Pvt. Coombs
Paul Gleeson 1st Lt. Band
Don Harvey Sgt. Becker
Arie Verveen Pvt. Charlie Dale
Jared Leto 2nd Lt. Whyte
John Savage Sgt. McCron
Nick Stahl Pvt. 1cl. Beade
Miranda Otto Marty Bell

Producers

Editors

Leslie Jones, Saar Klein, Billy Weber

1999 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1999 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1999 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominated
1999 Oscar Best Cinematography Nominated
1999 Oscar Best Sound Nominated
1999 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1999 Oscar Best Music, Original Dramatic Score Nominated
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