The Thin Red Line [Criterion Collection]

The Thin Red Line [Criterion Collection]

Director: Terrence Malick, Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau
Cast: Kirk Acevedo
Kirk Acevedo
, Penelope Allen
Penelope Allen
Terrence Malick
The Thin Red Line [Criterion Collection]

The Thin Red Line [Criterion Collection]

Director: Terrence Malick, Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau
Cast: Kirk Acevedo
Kirk Acevedo
, Penelope Allen
Penelope Allen
Terrence Malick

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Reclusive director Terrence Malick returned to the big screen after a 20-year absence to make an epic World War II movie the same year as Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. Malick's first two films, Badlands and Days of Heaven, were widely praised for beautifully capturing rich characters with grandiose ideals, and this theme is again explored in the tumultuous setting of wartime Pacific Islands. Using the old "War is Hell" adage, Malick uses an all-star cast to remind viewers that beauty and self-doubt still exist in times of horror and complex violence. Based on James Jones' novel of the same name, the story is more an intimate character drama than a loud action film. The story centers on an army unit called Charlie Company whose members are brought into the Pacific island of Guadalcanal. Filled with fear and self-doubt, these men have to prove their courage and abilities in an event that is bigger than all of them. Unlike Saving Private Ryan, the film is more an exploration of the inner dialogues instead of tactical maneuvering. They're not searching outwardly for a person (like Ryan) but inwardly for the courage to keep going. Like Malick's other films, it juxtaposes the beauty of its environments with the ugly realities of the time. The all-star cast includes many Hollywood heavies, including George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack, and John Travolta, but the story really focuses on Nick Nolte as Colonel Tall and Sean Penn as First Sergeant Welsh, two tortured men dealing with the demons in their past as well as the ones on the battleground.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
UPC: 0715515062312
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 2:51:00
Sales rank: 14,816

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer John Toll; Audio commentary by Toll, production designer Jack Fish, and producer Grant Hill; Original theatrical trailer; Interviews with several of the film's actors, including Kirk Acevedo, Jim Caviezel, Thomas Jane, Ehas Koreas, Dash Mihok, and Sean Penn, composer Hans Zimmer, editors Billy Weber, Leslie Jones and Saar Kelin, and writer James Jone's daughter Kaylie Jones; New interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden, featuring archival audition footage; Fourteen minutes of outtakes; WWII newsreels from Guadaleanal and the Solomon Islands; Melanesian chants

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Acevedo Pvt. Tella
Penelope Allen Witt's Mother
Benjamin Green Melanesian Villager
Simon Billig Lt. Col. Billig
Adrien Brody Cpl. Fife
Norman Patrick Brown Pvt. Henry
James Caviezel Pvt. Witt,Actor
Ben Chaplin Pvt. Bell
George Clooney Capt. Bosche
John Cusack Capt. John Gaff
Jarrod Dean Cpl. Thorne
Matt Doran Pvt. Coombs
Paul Gleeson 1st Lt. Band
Woody Harrelson Sgt. Keck
David Harrod Cpl. Queen
Don Harvey Sgt. Becker
Kengo Hasuo Japanese Prisoner
Ben Hines Assistant Pilot
Danny Hoch Pvt. Carni
Robert Roy Hofmo Pvt. Sico
Thomas Jane Pvt. Ash
Arie Verveen Pvt. Charlie Dale
Elias Koteas Capt. Staros
Polyn Leona Melanesian Woman with Child
Jared Leto 2nd Lt. Whyte
Simon Lyndon Medic #2
Gordon MacDonald Pvt. 1cl. Earl
Kazuki Maehara Japanese Pvt. #1
Marina Malota Marina
Dash Mihok Pvt. 1cl. Doll
Ken Mitsuishi Japanese Officer #1
Ryûshi Mizukami Japanese Pvt. #4
Tim Blake Nelson Pvt. Tills
Larry Neuhaus Crewman
Nick Nolte Lt. Col. Tall
Taiju Okayasu Japanese Pvt. #6
Takamitsu Okubo Japanese Soldier
Miranda Otto Marty Bell
Sean Penn 1st Sgt. Welsh
John C. Reilly Sgt. Storm
Larry Romano Pvt. Mazzi
Kazuyoshi Sakai Japanese Prisoner #2
Masayuki Shida Japanese Officer #2
John Dee Smith Pvt. Train
Stephen Spacek Cpl. Jenks
Nick Stahl Pvt. 1cl. Beade
Hiroya Sugisaki Japanese Pvt. #7
Kouji Suzuki Japanese Pvt. #3
Tomohiro Tanji Japanese Pvt. #2
Minoru Toyoshima Japanese Sgt.
John Travolta Brig. Gen. Quintard
Terutake Tsuji Japanese Pvt. #5
Steven Vidler 2nd Lt. Gore
Todd Wallace Pilot,Pvt. Hoke
Joe Watanabe Japanese Officer #3
Simon Westaway First Scout
Dan Wyllie Medic #1
Yasuomi Yoshino Young Japanese
John Augwata Melanesian Extra,Melanesian Extra
John Bakotee Melanesian Extra
Immanuel Dato Melanesian Extra
Michael Iha Melanesian Extra
Emmunual Konai Melanesian Extra,Melanesian Extra
Peter Morosiro Melanesian Extra
Amos Niuga Melanesian Extra
Jennifer Siugali Melanesian Extra
Carlos Tome Melanesian Extra,Melanesian Extra
Randall Duk Kim Nisei Interpreter
Donal Logue Marl
Clark McCutchen Soldier
Dane Moreton Pvt. Alexander
David Paschall General
Jace Phillips S-1
Roy Samuelson Navy Soldier
Justin Ward Navy Soldier
Felix Williamson Private Drake
John Savage Sgt. McCron
Hans Zimmer Composer

Technical Credits
Terrence Malick Director
Robert Michael Geisler Director,Producer
John Roberdeau Director,Producer
Grant Hill Producer
George Stevens Jr. Executive Producer
James Jones Screenwriter
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Paul Brincat Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thin Red Line
1. AWOL [10:46]
2. The Brig [5:04]
3. Fear [4:24]
4. Charlie Company [5:38]
5. Arrtival [3:34]
6. The March In [8:29]
7. Tall's Order [3:22]
8. Combat Begins [9:49]
9. Keck's Mistake [8:42]
10. Property [5:17]
11. Staros's Refusal [6:00]
12. "The Key to the Bridge" [8:57]
13. "What is it Worth?" [6:24]
14. Gaff Leads the Charge [13:11]
15. Momentum [4:57]
16. "This Great Evil" [10:30]
17. Change in Command [5:40]
18. What Remains [6:27]
19. Bell [7:18]
20. Witt [8:16]
21. Reconnaissance [7:17]
22. "The Glory" [6:59]
23. "All Things Shine" [13:21]
24. Color Bars [:00]
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