About

Based on the graphic 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...

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Directed by

Terrence Malick

Written by

Terrence Malick (Screenplay)
James Jones (Novel)

Runtime

171 minutes

Country

United States of America, Canada

Language

English

Tagline

Every man fights his own war.

Cast

Keywords

world war ii based on novel or book fighting soldier steel helmet jungle battle u.s. army survival pacific island rifle invasion guadalcanal sergeant marine corps infantry commander pacific awol battle assignment philosophic conflict

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Lists

#196 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#79 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Director Terrence Malick

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Terrence Malick

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography John Toll

Oscar nomination for Best Sound Andy Nelson Anna Behlmer