The Thin Red Line
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Set during the Allied invasion of the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater during WWII, this film is based on the novel by James Jones. Keir Dullea is Private Doll, who dreads the invasion and steals a pistol to help him protect himself. Sergeant Welsh (Jack Warden), a caustic, battle-scarred veteran, hates Doll, whom he considers a coward. In battle, Doll kills a Japanese soldier and is filled with remorse, which further angers the sergeant. The next day, an emboldened Doll wipes out an entire enemy machine gun post and begins to feel as sadistic as Welsh. The two must work together… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Compared to Malick's sumptuous art film, Marton's old Line looks awfully naive, and yet it goes a great deal further in grappling with the author's touchy subtext of soldierly love."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Much better than the pretentious Terrence Malick film of the same name. This original Thin Red Line is a perfect companion piece to Robert Aldrich's Attack."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"The images of the dead in the swamp with dog tags in their mouth, was the most appalling sight in the film..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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