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The Thin Red Line

170 min
Drama | War
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 31 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1999-01-15
Filming Locations: Bramston Beach, Queensland, Australia
Budget: $52,000,000
Opening Weekend: $11,362,226 (USA) (17 January 1999)
Gross: $36,385,763 (USA) (9 May 1999)
George Clooney
George Clooney
The Thin Red Line
Nick Nolte
Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
Jim Caviezel
Pvt. Witt
Sean Penn
1st Sgt. Edward Welsh
Elias Koteas
Capt. James 'Bugger' Staros
Ben Chaplin
Pvt. Bell
Dash Mihok
Pfc. Doll
John Cusack
Capt. John Gaff
Adrien Brody
Cpl. Fife
John C. Reilly
Sgt. Storm
Woody Harrelson
Sgt. Keck
Miranda Otto
Marty Bell
Jared Leto
2nd Lt. Whyte
John Travolta
Brig. Gen. Quintard
Nick Stahl
Pfc - Beade
Thomas Jane
Pvt. Ash
John Savage
Sgt. McCron
Will Wallace
Pvt. Hoke
John Dee Smith
Pvt. Train
Kirk Acevedo
Pvt. Tella
Penelope Allen
Witt's Mother
Simon Billig
Lt. Col. Billig
Mark Boone Junior
Pvt. Peale
Norman Patrick Brown
Pvt. Henry
Arie Verveen
Pvt. Charlie Dale
Jarrod Dean
Cpl. Thorne
Matt Doran
Pvt. Coombs
Travis Fine
Pvt. Weld
Paul Gleeson
1st Lt. Band
Benjamin Green
Melanesian Villager
David Harrod
Cpl. Queen
Don Harvey
Sgt. Becker
Kengo Hasuo
Japanese Prisoner
Ben Hines
Assistant Pilot
Danny Hoch
Pvt. Carni
Robert Roy Hofmo
Pvt. Sico
Melanesian Man Walking
Polyn Leona
Melanesian Woman with Child
Simon Lyndon
Medic #2
Gordon MacDonald
Pfc. Earl
Kazuki Maehara
Japanese Pvt. #1
Marina Malota
Michael McGrady
Pvt. Floyd
Ken Mitsuishi
Japanese Officer #1
Ryûshi Mizukami
Japanese Pvt. #4
Tim Blake Nelson
Pvt. Tills
Larry Neuhaus
Taiju Okayasu
Japanese Pvt. #6
Takamitsu Ôkubo
Japanese Soldier
Larry Romano
Pvt. Mazzi
Kazuyoshi Sakai
Japanese Prisoner #2
Masayuki Shida
Japanese Officer #2
Stephen Spacek
Cpl. Jenks
Hiroya Sugisaki
Japanese Pvt. #7
Kouji Suzuki
Japanese Pvt. #3
Tomohiro Tanji
Japanese Pvt. #2
Minoru Toyoshima
Japanese Sgt.
Terutake Tsuji
Japanese Pvt. #5
Steven Vidler
2nd Lt. Gore
Vincent Wild
Melanesian Guide (as Vincent)
Todd Wallace
Joe Watanabe
Japanese Officer #3
Simon Westaway
First Scout
Dan Wyllie
Medic #1
Jimmy Xihite
Melanesian Villager
Yasuomi Yoshino
Young Japanese
John Augwata
Melanesian Extra
Joshua Augwata
Melanesian Extra
John Bakotee
Melanesian Extra
Immanuel Dato
Melanesian Extra
Michael Iha
Melanesian Extra
Emmunual Konai
Melanesian Extra
Stephen Konai
Melanesian Extra
Peter Morosiro
Melanesian Extra
Amos Niuga
Melanesian Extra
Jennifer Siugali
Melanesian Extra
Carlos Tome
Melanesian Extra
Selina Tome
Melanesian Extra
Kick Gurry
Randall Duk Kim
Nisei Interpreter (uncredited)
Darrin Klimek
Donal Logue
Marl (uncredited)
Clark McCutchen
Soldier (uncredited)
Dane Moreton
Pvt. Alexander (uncredited)
David Paschall
General (uncredited)
Jace Phillips
S-1 (uncredited)
Roy Samuelson
Navy Soldier (uncredited)
Justin Ward
Navy Soldier (uncredited)
Felix Williamson
Private Drake (uncredited)
Did you know?
Producers Robert Michael Geisler and John Roberdeau, who were feuding with Terrence Malick, said they would attend the Oscars ceremony. Malick said if they were going to attend, he would stay home. None of them attended the Oscars. The movie won no awards.
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Two aircraft were used for the background flying sequences. They were painted and modified to look like USN Douglas Dauntless dive bombers, but were in fact a Harvard and a Wirraway. Unfortunately little footage of the aircraft managed to make the final cut. There's a glimpse of the Wirraway running along the invasion beaches piloted by Doug Haywood and Owen O'Malley. O'Malley is one of two of the movie pilots who actually flew in World War II; Jack Curtis was the other one. and . Sadly, The Wirraway crashed at an air show in Nowra, Australia in 2000. It was piloted by O'Malley, and both he and his passenger perished.
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This movie takes place at the Battle of Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500-km². Guadacanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia, Spain. de Ortega worked under Álvaro de Mendaña who charted the island in 1568.
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When Welsh is talking to the scared young soldier in the shaving quarters at the beginning of the film, the soldier says, "Only two things that are permanent is dying and the Lord," and the camera and the operator's hand are reflected in the far left mirror (visible only in the widescreen release).
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In the village at the beginning, a naval vessel that was clearly built after 1980 is seen in the background.
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The wake from the camera boat can be seen cutting across the path of the first wave of landing craft as it makes a sweeping turn in front of them.
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First Sgt. Edward Welsh: We're living in a world that's blowing itself to hell as fast as everybody can arrange it.
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First Sgt. Edward Welsh: There's not some other world out there where everything's gonna be okay. There's just this one, just this rock.
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First Sgt. Edward Welsh: Property. The whole fucking thing's about property.
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Where is Guadalcanal?
Guadalcanal is an island in the Solomon chain of islands in the South Pacific Ocean near Australia. By the time the United States Marine forces had landed there on August 7th, 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army had seized control of it and all of the Solomon Islands. The Marines objective was to stop the Japanese from constructing an airfield there which would be a staging point for attacks on the shipping lanes bringing supplies to Australia and New Zealand from the United States and elsewhere. After the Marines had finished the 1st part of the campaign, the Army was sent in to finish the job, which is where C (for Charlie) company comes in.What's important to remember is that this is a fictionalized account of the combat on the island, but does bear some resemblance to the Battle of Mount Austin
Why didn't Witt surrender?
Like he says in his opening monologue, Witt wanted to accept his death, as his mother did, and die without fear. Not to mention he probably knew how the Japanese treated P.O.W.'s and would much rather have died than suffered that fate.
Will there be a director's cut?
Seeing as how the original cut of the film was almost 6 hours in length, if any film has ever warranted a Director's cut, it's this one. However, this would depend on whether or not the almost 3 hour theatrical cut was done because director Terrence Malick's artistic vision brought about the Theatrical cut, which in essence would make it his "director's cut" or the studio cut it down in order to maximize revenue.Facebook petition:
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Photos from cast
George Clooney