The Thin Red Line (1964)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 8
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Release Date: May 2, 1964 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,756
Set during the Allied invasion of the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater during WWII, this film is based on the novel by James Jones. Keir Dullea is Private Doll, who dreads the invasion and steals a pistol to help him protect himself. Sergeant Welsh (Jack Warden), a caustic, battle-scarred veteran, hates Doll, whom he considers a coward. In battle, Doll kills a Japanese soldier and is filled with remorse, which further angers the sergeant. The next day, an emboldened Doll wipes out an
May 2, 1964 Wide
Mar 19, 1998
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Compared to Malick's sumptuous art film, Marton's old Line looks awfully naive, and yet it goes a great deal further in grappling with the author's touchy subtext of soldierly love.
Much better than the pretentious Terrence Malick film of the same name. This original Thin Red Line is a perfect companion piece to Robert Aldrich's Attack.
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