The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Every man fights his own war.

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1998-12-25
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 1474 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Production Country: Canada, United States of America
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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.

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  • Sean Penn

    as 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh
  • Adrien Brody

    as Cpl. Geoffrey Fife
  • Jim Caviezel

    as Pvt. Robert Witt
  • Ben Chaplin

    as Pvt. Jack Bell
  • George Clooney

    as Capt. Charles Bosche
  • John Cusack

    as Capt. John Gaff
  • Woody Harrelson

    as Sgt. William Keck
  • Elias Koteas

    as Capt. James 'Bugger' Staros
  • Nick Nolte

    as Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
  • John C. Reilly

    as Sgt. Maynard Storm
  • John Travolta

    as Brig. Gen. David Quintard
  • Kirk Acevedo

    as Pvt. Alfredo Tella
  • Mark Boone Junior

    as Pvt. Christopher Peale
  • Matt Doran

    as Pvt. Howard Coombs
  • Paul Gleeson

    as 1st Lt. George "Brass" Band
  • Don Harvey

    as Sgt. Paul Becker
  • Arie Verveen

    as Pfc. Charlie Dale
  • Jared Leto

    as 2nd Lt. William Whyte
  • John Savage

    as Sgt. Jack McCron
  • Nick Stahl

    as Pfc. Edward Bead
  • Miranda Otto

    as Marty Bell
  • Tim Blake Nelson

    as Pvt. Brian Tills
  • Dash Mihok

    as Pfc. Don Doll
  • Larry Romano

    as Pvt. Frank Mazzi
  • Penelope Allen

    as Witt's Mother
  • Danny Hoch

    as Pvt. Leonardo Carni
  • Thomas Jane

    as Pvt. Ash
  • Donal Logue

    as Marl
Directing Terrence Malick Director
Writing Terrence Malick Screenplay
Writing James Jones Novel
Production George Stevens Jr. Executive Producer
Production Robert Michael Geisler Producer
Production Grant Hill Producer
Production John Roberdeau Producer
Production Sheila Davis Lawrence Producer
Camera John Toll Director of Photography
Sound Hans Zimmer Original Music Composer
Production Dianne Crittenden Casting
Art Jack Fisk Production Design
Art Ian Gracie Art Direction
Art Richard Hobbs Set Decoration
Art Suza Maybury Set Decoration
Editing Leslie Jones Editor
Editing Saar Klein Editor
Editing Billy Weber Editor
Costume & Make-Up Margot Wilson Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Kerry Thompson Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Angela Conte Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Toni Ffrench Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Joan Petch Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Chiara Tripodi Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Vivien Mepham Hair Designer
Costume & Make-Up Vivien Mepham Makeup Designer
Art Jenny O'Connell Art Department Coordinator
Art Richie Dehne Property Master
Art William A. Petrotta Property Master
Visual Effects Ian Brown 3D Animator
Visual Effects Fiona Chilton Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Chris Godfrey Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Simon Whiteley Visual Effects Designer
Camera Mike Thomas Camera Operator
Camera Stephen S. Campanelli Camera Operator
Camera Leigh Mackenzie Camera Operator
Camera Reuben Aaronson Camera Operator
Camera Gary Capo Second Unit Director of Photography
Camera Michael Vivian Dolly Grip
Lighting Mick Morris Gaffer
Lighting Randy Woodside Gaffer
Lighting James F. Boyle Gaffer
Lighting Brett Jarman Gaffer
Camera David Nichols Key Grip
Camera Herb Ault Key Grip
Camera Paul E. Borchardt Key Grip
Camera Toby Copping Key Grip
Camera Merie Weismiller Wallace Still Photographer
Production Barbara Collins Casting Associate
Crew John Bowring Armorer
Crew Peter Cogar Armorer
Crew Amanda Kirby Armorer
Crew Scott Warwick Armorer
Directing Pamela Willis Script Supervisor
Crew Bruce Simpson Aerial Coordinator
Directing Chris O'Connell Script Supervisor
Crew Lance Julian Marine Coordinator
Directing Emily Saunders Script Coordinator
Sound Karyn Foster ADR Editor
Sound Lee Lemont ADR Editor
Sound Hugh Waddell ADR Supervisor
Sound Patrick J. Foley Dialogue Editor
Sound John F. Reynolds Dialogue Editor
Sound Virginia Cook-McGowan Dialogue Editor
Sound Hilda Hodges Foley
Sound John Roesch Foley
Sound David L. Horton Jr. Foley Editor
Sound Christopher S. Aud Sound Effects Editor
Sound Jayme S. Parker Sound Effects Editor
Sound Andrew Somers Sound Effects Editor
Sound John Voss Bonds Jr. Sound Effects Editor
Sound Mark L. Mangino Sound Effects Editor
Sound Robert Renga Sound Recordist
Sound Craig Heath Sound Recordist
Sound Greg Burgmann Sound Recordist
Sound Anna Behlmer Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Andy Nelson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound J. Paul Huntsman Supervising Sound Editor
Crew Gary Fry Stunts