The Thin Red Line

This year's second World War II epic, this time focussing on the American invasion of the Japanese-held island of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. With not much of a storyline, the emphasis is on the men involved, and the surroundings. As with the director's previous work, the critics have been divided, some praising it to the skies and other condemning it (although I don't think I have see so many perfect scores in the nearly three years that this site has existed). Note the running time.

170 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence) .
Action, Drama, War
I've got ants in my pants!


Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto
Terrence Malick
ScreenplayTerrence Malick, from the novel by James Jones
MusicHans Zimmer
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
Made in1998
Produced byGeisler-Roberdeau, Fox 2000 Pictures, Phoenix Pictures

Official Site


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus
Owen Williams
The Cape Times
Julia Landau
The Star
Darryl Accone
The Star
Janine Walker
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
Sunday Times
William Pretorius
Barrie Hough
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
eye Weekly
Tom Lyons
Box Office
Wade Major
Rough Cut
Graham Verdon
Ian Nathan
Film Review
James Cameron-Wilson

What the People say

1226 Netizens

Average .. 74%


Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Penny de Vries 16
Alanna Johnson 20
Graeme Smith 10
Nick Soper 8
Hannes Viljoen 6
Kel Rigby 14
Gilad Shimshon 20

Average .. 67%


Visitor Comments

Cal Kennedy: Very slow, voice over tended to get lost in the background, good sound track and photography, but may as well have been a glorified documentary.

Penny de Vries: The only thing left to do with war is to philosophise about it. This movie does it brilliantly.

Alanna Johnson: Great movie!!!!!!!

Graeme Smith: Why this got a multitude of Oscar nominations is beyond me. Saving Private Ryan was a million times better. Don't waste your time on this overlong movie, with its average battle scenes. Terence Malick throws in a million big stars just to distract the audiences. This is totally different to the novel. The only good thing about the entire movie is the cinematography. Elizabeth which starts this week can only be a thousand times better. This movie also received mixed reviews. I can understand now. Wait for the video if you must see this overhyped film.

Nick Soper: Oh boy! What a waste of time! For 3 hours, I battled to keep my eyes open. ''The Thin Red Line'' is proof that big names don't mean a good movie. I TRIED to see the inner beauty of the film. I TRIED to see the ''superb'' direction, but all I could see was ''Saving Private Ryan'' kicking ''The Thin Red Line's'' @$$ !!!

Gilad Shimshon: This is cinema!

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