Thin Red Line, The

Lists: Action, Drama, Historical, War, Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived. A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II."

Overall Ranking: 395 (Rank from 1998: # 9)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 16.67%
Half-Popped 16.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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CineKatz Ries100(full review)
Cinephile Catherine97
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
3Guys Adam85(full review)
David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch61 - Ultimately, the problem with 'The Thin Red Line' is itself. It wants to be both a gritty war flick and a cinephile's wet dream. Had it committed one way or the other -- likely the former -- we probably would've had a great flick on our hands.

People Involved

  • Sean Penn (1st Sgt. Welsh)
  • Adrien Brody (Cpl. Fife)
  • Ben Chaplin (Pvt. Bell)
  • George Clooney (Capt. Bosche)
  • John Cusack (Capt. Gaff)
  • Woody Harrelson (Sgt. Keck)
  • Elias Koteas (Capt. Staros)
  • Nick Nolte (Lt. Col. Tall)
  • John C. Reilly (Sgt. Storm)
  • John Travolta (Brig. Gen. Quintard)
  • Kirk Acevedo (Pvt. Tella)
  • Mark Boone Junior (Pvt. Peale)
  • Matt Doran (Pvt. Coombs)
  • Paul Gleeson (1st Lt. Band)
  • Don Harvey (Sgt. Becker)
  • Arie Verveen (Pvt. Charlie Dale)
  • Jared Leto (2nd Lt. Whyte)
  • John Savage (Sgt. McCron)
  • Nick Stahl (Pfc - Beade)
  • Miranda Otto (Marty Bell)
  • Tim Blake Nelson (Pvt. Brian Tills)
  • Dash Mihok (Pfc. Don Doll)
  • Larry Romano (Pvt. Mazzi)
  • Penelope Allen (Witts Mother)
  • Danny Hoch (Pvt. Carni)
  • Jim Caviezel (Pvt. Witt)
  • Terrence Malick (Director)