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The Thin Red Line 1998 Subtitles

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Director Terrence Malicks adaptation of James Jones autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel
2 hours, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Terrence Malick
Starring Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel
Supporting actors Sean Penn, Elias Koteas, Ben Chaplin, Dash Mihok, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Miranda Otto, Jared Leto, John Travolta, George Clooney, Nick Stahl, Thomas Jane, John Savage, Will Wallace, John Dee Smith, Kirk Acevedo
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Page on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
One of the most gripping and poignant war films ever made, The Thin Red Line provides food for thought as well as for the eyes. It tells the story of a group of American soldiers in WWII trying to take control of an island from the Japanese, but it also tells so much more. It speaks of the nature of life, both visually and through the interactions of the characters, not least with their Japanese counterparts.

There is a host of fine acting talent on display, from Sean Penn to Nick Nolte, from John Travolta to Woody Harrelson, from Adrian Brody to Jim Caviezel, from John Cusack to Miranda Otto. Their abilities are matched by a fine script and directing, both courtesy of Terrence Malick.

This is potent cinema, containing the power to provoke thought and to move the viewer. There are contemplative moments and violent action, both accentuated by being juxtaposed with each other. There are intercuts of nature simply being as we blow each other to pieces over a piece of land. There is the contrast between modern man and a more primitive existence. Basically, there is so much to explore in this movie that a simple Amazon review just can't do it justice. A truly profound film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds singing around you, the sun making it's way through the trees to lightly shine on the guy next to you, dying of a bullet wound to the gut, knowing you will be next if you get up and run towards the gunfire as you were just told to do? In that moment, what are you thinking of? Your wife who is probably making dinner right now? Dying alone in this godforsaken place with nothing but terrible pain and blue skies, and no one to hear your last words? Do you check that you have morphine? Isn't it absurd that this blade of grass in front of you will still be there next week but you will not? Are you so angry at them that you want to just run in their direction and kill every single one of them? How did you get here? What's this all about, this destruction?

The Thin Red Line is every war picture ever made.

It is the universal story of the soldier.
It is the story of the frightened soldier, the courageous one, the one who questions and the one who doesn't.
It is the story of the private who obeys, the captain who leads and the Lt Colonel who commands.
It is the story of the soldier who protects the POW, the one who reaches out to him, the one who ridicules him and the one who kills him.
It is the story of the soldier who re-enlists, the one who defects, the one who goes home and the one who has no home to go to.

It is the universal story of war.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Mc on 19 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is by no means a conventional war film but it is, nonetheless, one of the finest portrayals of war that you are ever likely to see. The film was not on my radar and I discovered it more by accident than design. It was first released in 1998 and was somewhat eclipsed by `Saving Private Ryan' which was released slightly earlier. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards this film failed to get a single Oscar. The more that I learn about the way these award systems operate and the complexities of the whole film distribution system, the less confidence I have of their value. In many ways `the Thin Red Line' is superior to Spielberg's war epic.

Directed by the reclusive Terrence Malick, the film is an adaptation of a World War II novel by James Jones (From Here to Eternity) about the battle for Guadalcanal. American soldiers land on the island hoping to secure it from the Japanese. This film does not follow the usual path taken by other war stories and unlike `Ryan' - which begins explosively, this film takes about 40 minutes before a single shot is fired! This long prologue is used to good effect as an introduction to the main characters and some carefully selected flashbacks to their lives pre-war. The tension to the film is slowly uncoiled as the troopships approach Guadalcanal Island. This is done quietly and thoughtfully and gives the viewer a good idea of the stresses and anxieties of the soldiers as they approach this life-changing situation.

The story is told through the eyes of 5 men of C Company and the visual images are simply amazing. This is where Malick excels. He has produced a film that is a cinematographer's dream where almost every shot is carefully composed as if it was to be entered in a photographic exhibition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This another movie I haven't re-visited for some time (I bought the Import version
when released a while back) my previous viewing of the film was on the 'DVD'
The film was a big-budget production, of around $52,000.000, among the lead cast
'Sean Penn' 'Adrien Brody' 'Jim Caviezel' 'Woody Harrelson' and 'Nick Nolte'
It tells the story of an 'American' military operation in 'Guadal-Canal' which is to
stop the 'Japanese' forces advance.
We follow the fortunes of a unit as they try to advance toward enemy positions, the
'Japanese' controlling the 'Jungle' and much of the high-ground on the Island.
They soon come under fire, casualties mounting, when an order is given to 'Captain
Staros' to take the hill by 'Lt Col Gordon Tall' he refuses, believing the cost would be
too high.
The film considered by many to be a classic, is indeed thought provoking with many
graphic sequences along with an in-depth insight into the 'emotional' strain of battle,
the fear, the concequences.
It certainly displays the horror from both sides of the divide, a harsh look at the theatre
of war.
The movie has been given a superb upgrade to the HD standard, superb picture and
sound quality.
Features included (I am not 100% certain that ''all'' the extras on board apply to the
region 'B' release, however I see no reason why it would be any different)
:Commentaries and interviews with both cast and crew.
; 14 minutes of outtakes (always popular)
: World War 2' Newsreel from 'Guatal-Canal' and the 'Solomon Islands'
: Melansian Chants'
: Original Theatrical trailer.
: With this Import it also includes an interesting 'Booklet'
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