The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line (1998)

The return of director Terrence Malick to feature filmmaking after a twenty year sabbatical, this World War II drama is an elegiac rumination on man's destruction of nature and himself, based on James Jones' semi-autobiographical… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 23, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Thin Red Line is a daringly philosophical World War II film with an enormous cast of eager stars.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a genuinely epic ciné-poem that essentially sidesteps history, politics and conventional ethics to deal with war as an absolute, inevitable and eternal facet of existence.

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Todd McCarthy

A complex, highly talented work marked by intellectual and philosophical ambitions!

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

One of the most harrowing of anti-war statements, and the most beautiful too.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made!

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Takes war to a stirring level!

Emanuel Levy

Lyrical, meditative and original, Malick's WWII film is one of the best war films ever made.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times


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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Malick hasn't lost his knack for impressive visuals!

Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In the midst of life we may be in death, but the opposite is true as well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Twenty years after making Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick emerged from hiding to write and helm this star-studded ensemble drama centered around the Battle of… More
Raymond Wieser
Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line is a complex, intense, intimate, humbling, moving, and powerful portrayal of war and the moral chaos of war. Although… More
Kevin M. Williams
The WWll Battle of Guadalcanal is merely a backdrop for a look at the nature of men at a time when true nature purportedly reveals itself. Elegantly sublime… More
Jim Careter
The Thin Red Line was the first masterpiece that Terrence Malick had created, and to this day i wish I could discover what was going through this incredible… More
paul sandberg
somehow this surrealistic rumination on nature (both phyical and psychological)manages to become the most real of war films. All of the grass level filming,… More
Alex roy
Considering that this is a war film set during the Second World War, you'd think that The Thin Red Line would be a sweeping epic with grand battles and… More