The Thin Red Line | 1998

Drama, Adaptation
Soldiers contemplate life while invading Guadalcanal during WWII.
Awards: 7 Oscar nominations. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination | full awards »

Cast

... 1st Sergeant Welsh

Actor

... Private Witt

Actor

... Captain Gaff

Actor

... Private Bell

Actor

... Lieutenant Colonel Tall

Actor

... Sergeant Keck

Actor

... Captain Staros

Actor

... Private 1st Class Dale

Actor

... Private 1st Class Doll

Actor

... Corporal Fife

Actor

... Sergeant Storm

Actor

... Corporal Queen

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

Production Company

Alison Barrett Casting

Production Company

Production Company

Choir of All Saints

Production Company

Cinema Research Corporation

Production Company

Synopsis

A World War II tale which focuses on a squad of American troops battling against the Japanese during the hellish battle of Guadalcanal Island. Witt has gone AWOL and considers the contrast between the peace of the islanders and the chaos brought by war. Meanwhile, the troops are led by two men: Tall, who is eager for the danger of battle, and Staros, who is more concerned with protecting his men. As they fight over strategy, the men have different reactions to the war: Bell thinks only of his wife, Gaff is intelligent but no more able to deal with war than the bullish Doll. As they attack a Japanese stronghold, the randomness of life and death in wartime is made clear.

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