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4.1
8,938 Ratings

The Thin Red Line

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, 1998
War, Drama

Synopsis

During World War II, an AWOL U.S. private living with natives on a South Pacific island is found by his commanding sergeant and must resume his training in preparation for the Guadalcanal conflict.

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The Thin Red Line Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Golden Bear

Academy Awards

1999 | 7 nominations including: Best Picture

The Thin Red Line is a sensuous experience: it deserves 35mm Panavision on a huge screen. (Does that mean it can hardly be known again?) But there’s something else contradictory in the ending. Malick exults in the island being above the conflict in the natural world that will persist after our fuss ends. That closeness to insignificance is touching. But then one has to realise that the cinematography is ‘magnificent’, that these men are star faces, that Malick’s very reticence is ‘artistic’.
October 02, 2015
The blurring of the boundary between self and other can give rise to the solace that ‘life is at the bottom of things, despite all the changes in appearance, indestructibly powerful and pleasurable.’ (25) Our lives and deaths may be impersonally swallowed in the current, yet we are fleetingly a part of the continuity of life. In The Thin Red Line this is reflected via evocative and spiritualised notions of ‘all things shining’ and ‘the glory’ of existence.
July 27, 2012
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Marking an end to Terrence Malick’s twenty plus years of hibernation, THE THIN RED LINE is less a war film than a full-fledged existential inquiry into, well, everything. It’s the kind of film that one could build an entire PHIL 101 curriculum around, grappling with essential questions about divine providence, the soul, the value of a single human life, and the origins of good vs. evil.
May 11, 2011
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