The Thin Red Line (1998 film)

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{{Infobox_Movie |movie_name = The Thin Red Line |image = The Thin Red Line Poster.jpg |image caption = The Thin Red Line |director = Terrence Malick |producer = Robert Michael Geisler
Grant Hill
John Roberdeau |writer = James Jones (novel)
Terrence Malick (screenplay) |starring = Sean Penn
Adrien Brody
James Caviezel
Ben Chaplin |movie_music= |distributor= Twentieth Century Fox |release_date= December 25, 1998 |runtime = 170 min. |movie_language = English |imdb_id = 0120863 |music = |awards = |budget = $52,000,000 (est.) |}}The Thin Red Line is a 1998 war film which tells the story of United States forces during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. It was directed by Terrence Malick, who adapted the screenplay himself from the James Jones novel of the same name, which had previously been adapted in a 1964 film. The film features a large ensemble cast, which includes Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, James Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, Dash Mihok, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, Nick Stahl, John Travolta and John Savage.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.

There is a great deal of voice-over narration in the film. Billy Bob Thornton recorded three hours of narration, but none of it made it to the final cut. In addition, Bill Pullman, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen and Mickey Rourke all performed in the movie, but their scenes were eventually cut. Reportedly the first assembled cut ran at over six hours.

The movie explores the behavior of ordinary men in war, 'cowboy' officers chasing medals and the pain of separation from loved ones. Although featuring several intense and realistic action scenes, the movie is in essence a long poem on war, or rather anti-war, although the message is subtle and poetic.

The soldiers firing the number two and three M2A2 artillery guns from the fire support base were actual serving members of 1st Field Regiment, Royal Australia Artillery.


Editing the comment on 1st Marine Division and M1 Garand Rifles. The movie does not portray the Marines, rather the replacement divisions of the US Army that arrived after the Marines 'secured' Hendersen field. 1st Marine Division then went to fight on other Islands. Therefore, the M1 Garand rifle was used by these US Army Divisions on the Mop Up fight on Guadalcanal in 1943.

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