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The Thin Red Line (1998)

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Drama, War

The Thin Red Line is epic war film written and directed by Terrence Malick. It is the second screen adaptation of the 1962 novel of the same name by James Jones, following the 1964 film; however, this film is not considered a remake.

In 1942, Private Witt (Jim Caviezel) is a U.S. Army absconder living peacefully with the locals of a small South Pacific island. Discovered by his commanding officer, Sgt. Welsh (Sean Penn), Witt is forced to resume his active duty training for the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt and his unit land on the island, and the American troops mount an assault on entrenched Japanese positions, the story explores their various fates and attitudes towards life-or-death situations.

Director: Terrence Malick

Writers: James Jones (novel), Terrence Malick

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, George Clooney, Adrien Brody, John Cusack, Ben Chaplin

►Cast:

Kirk AcevedoPvt. Tella
Penelope AllenWitt’s Mother
Benjamin GreenMelanesian Villager
Simon BilligLt. Col. Billig
Mark Boone JuniorPvt. Peale
Adrien BrodyCpl. Fife
Norman Patrick BrownPvt. Henry
Jim CaviezelPvt. Witt
Ben ChaplinPvt. Bell
George ClooneyCapt. Bosche
John CusackCapt. John Gaff
Jarrod DeanCpl. Thorne
Matt DoranPvt. Coombs
Travis FinePvt. Weld
Paul Gleeson1st Lt. Band
Woody HarrelsonSgt. Keck
David HarrodCpl. Queen
Don HarveySgt. Becker
Kengo HasuoJapanese Prisoner
Ben HinesAssistant Pilot
Danny HochPvt. Carni
Robert Roy HofmoPvt. Sico
JackMelanesian Man Walking
Thomas JanePvt. Ash
Arie VerveenPvt. Charlie Dale
Jimmy XihiteMelanesian Villager
Elias KoteasCapt. Staros
Polyn LeonaMelanesian Woman with Child
Jared Leto2nd Lt. Whyte
Simon LyndonMedic #2
Gordon MacDonaldPvt. 1cl. Earl
Kazuki MaeharaJapanese Pvt. #1
Marina Malota DarlingMarina
Michael McGradyPvt. Floyd
Dash MihokPvt. 1cl. Doll
Ken MitsuishiJapanese Officer #1
Ryûshi MizukamiJapanese Pvt. #4
Tim Blake NelsonPvt. Tills
Larry NeuhausCrewman
Nick NolteLt. Col. Tall
Taiju OkayasuJapanese Pvt. #6
Takamitsu ÔkuboJapanese Soldier
Miranda OttoMarty Bell
Sean Penn1st Sgt. Welsh
John C. ReillySgt. Storm
Larry RomanoPvt. Mazzi
John SavageSgt. McCron
Kazuyoshi SakaiJapanese Prisoner #2
Masayuki ShidaJapanese Officer #2
John Dee SmithPvt. Train
Stephen SpacekCpl. Jenks
Nick StahlPvt. 1cl. Beade
Hiroya SugisakiJapanese Pvt. #7
Kouji SuzukiJapanese Pvt. #3
Tomohiro TanjiJapanese Pvt. #2
Minoru ToyoshimaJapanese Sgt.
John TravoltaBrig. Gen. Quintard
Terutake TsujiJapanese Pvt. #5
Steven Vidler2nd Lt. Gore
Vincent WildMelanesian Guide
Todd WallacePilot
Will WallacePvt. Hoke
Joe WatanabeJapanese Officer #3
Simon WestawayFirst Scout
Dan WyllieMedic #1
Yasuomi YoshinoYoung Japanese
John AugwataMelanesian Extra
Joshua AugwataMelanesian Extra
John BakoteeMelanesian Extra
Immanuel DatoMelanesian Extra
Michael IhaMelanesian Extra
Emmunual KonaiMelanesian Extra
Stephen KonaiMelanesian Extra
Peter MorosiroMelanesian Extra
Amos NiugaMelanesian Extra
Jennifer SiugaliMelanesian Extra
Carlos TomeMelanesian Extra
Selina TomeMelanesian Extra
Kick Gurry
Randall Duk KimNisei Interpreter
Darrin Klimek
Donal LogueMarl
Clark McCutchenSoldier
Dane MoretonPvt. Alexander
David PaschallGeneral
Jace PhillipsS-1
Roy SamuelsonNavy Soldier
Justin WardNavy Soldier
Felix WilliamsonPrivate Drake

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