Thin Red Line (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Terrence Malick|
|Runtime||2 hours and 44 minutes|
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The Thin Red Line
- Release Year: 1998
- Runtime: 2h 51m
- Genre: Drama | War
Jim Caviezel as Pvt. Robert Witt
Sean Penn as 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh
Elias Koteas as Capt. James 'Bugger' Staros
Miranda Otto as Marty Bell
Jared Leto as 2nd Lt. William Whyte
John Travolta as Brig. Gen. David Quintard
George Clooney as Capt. Charles Bosche
Mark Boone Junior as Pvt. Christopher Peale
A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.
Robert Michael Geisler
As US soldiers land on the island of Guadalcanal, hoping to capture it from the Japanese, the job of venturing into the jungle falls to the 'C for Charlie' company and the troops are faced by both the enemy and struggles within their own camp. The war takes a heavy toll upon the young soldiers, leading them on a path of disillusion and possibly death.
- Product dimensions : 135 x 13 x 170 cm; 80 Grams
- Director : Terrence Malick
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 2 hours and 44 minutes
- Release date : 27 July 2011
- Actors : Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Elias Koteas
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B017NCPW3C
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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This does not depict war heroes but is an accurate tale of human frailty. A movie that is a world away from Private Ryan or Guns of Navarone.
A gloriously filmed, thoughtful story with a stella cast.
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Of course, Malick's decision to return with a 'war film' (albeit imbued with his unmistakeable sensorial touch) was always going to provide a challenge, given the plethora of great 'anti-war' films already on the books - Kubrick's Paths Of Glory and Full Metal Jacket and Coppola's Apocalypse Now to name but three. And the man certainly gives it a good go - his 165-minute work being essentially one of three sections, topped and tailed by some reflective passages, which sandwich the film's hour-long centre-piece as, under the command of Nick Nolte's outstanding turn as the reckless, glory-seeking Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Tall, C-company attempt to 'take' a fortified Japanese hill-top bunker. Of course, this sort of thing has been done many times before in cinema, but Malick (and crew) deliver a brilliantly visceral and exciting sequence, during which (acting-wise) Elias Koteas shines as the concerned, self-doubting Captain James Staros, whose reluctance to undertake what he regards a 'impossible mission' puts him at odds with his superior.
Outside of the film's centre-piece Malick gives us a beautifully ironic opening as Jim Caviezel's (also excellent) AWOL Private Robert Witt is returned (forcibly) to his unit from his idyllic Melanesian island existence and sets the scene - of largely confusion and futility - for what is to follow by repeated (and probably overdone) voiceovers. His opening also sets up one of the film's key messages around the negative effects of war as, following the conflict (having come full circle), a young 'native' is reluctant to meet Witt's offered handshake. Similarly, Malick repeatedly contrasts the film's 'humanity' with the (external) forces of nature as (again, coming full circle) a crocodile is eventually `strapped up' - as well as including shots of butterflies, toucans, chickens, owls, bats, monkeys, etc.
In addition to Messrs. Koteas, Nolte and Caviezel (for me, the film's outstanding performances), the film also boasts Ben Chaplin, Sean Penn, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Adrien Brody and George Clooney in its (probably unnecessarily) star-studded cast, between them delivering fine turns (Chaplin, Penn) to mere cameos (Clooney). I found that the film was certainly overlong (by at least half an hour), but, at its best, was brilliant (poetic, poignant and, of course, tragic). Malick also delivers a poignant ending (albeit its tragic element is fairly predictable).
Although it's a war film with plenty of action scenes, it's more than just an action film. And even though Saving Private Ryan won all the plaudits, Spielberg is Britney Spears compared to Terrence Malik's John Coltrane. After all, Terrence Malick was a philosophy lecturer whereas Spielberg's greatest achievement is entertainment movies like ET and Indiana Jones.
The Thin Red Line brings out the strengths of Malick. War, risk of dying, forces you to ask big questions: How do I look at the world? Who do I really trust? Who do I really love? How do my personal ethics affect the reality I'm living? Each question has multiple answers. The film kind of revolves around the reflective Witt (Caviezel) who can see beauty everywhere and quietly tries to live according to his ethical code in the midst of the war. But in reality the film is not about Witt, but about attitudes to life and ways of living in the world, represented by different characters.
The cast looks like an A-Z of great Hollywood talent: Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Woody Harrelson, John Travolta and George Clooney. But it's Jim Caviezel as the aforementioned Witt, Elias Koteas as the Greek Captain who quotes Homer, and Ben Chaplin as the hopeless romantic who are the stars of the tim.
Seriously, an amazing film. Worth watching and enjoying. And the soundtrack is pretty amazing too.
The film is about the human spirit. It is a beautifully shot film. A thinking persons war film.
You see courage, fear and sheer stupidity all here. Mercy and acceptance and forgiveness are also here - which is unusal for a war film.
It's different. It's beautiful. I watched it recently after I was first captivated by it in the cinema when it came out. I still found it to be a great piece of cinema.