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The Thin Red Line Details

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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 novel, his follow-up to From Here to Eternity. James Caviezel stars as Private Witt, a deserter living in peace and harmony with the natives of a Pacific island paradise. Captured by the Navy, Witt is debriefed by a senior officer (Sean Penn) and returned to an active duty unit preparing for what will be the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt goes ashore in the company of his fellow soldiers, they meet diverse fates. Sergeant Keck (Woody Harrelson) is killed by an exploding grenade. Captain John Gaff (John Cusack) is an intelligent, sober leader facing the destruction of his command because his commanding officer Colonel Tall (Nick Nolte) is bucking for a general's star. Sergeant McCron (John Savage) loses his mind. Private Bell (Ben Chaplin) gets a "Dear John" letter from his beloved wife. However, as the U.S. troops advance up grassy slopes toward entrenched Japanese positions, it is Witt's voiced-over ruminations on life, death, and nature that are the real heart and soul of The Thin Red Line (1998). Adrien Brody appears as Private Fife, the major character of Jones' novel and the author's alter-ego, although Fife has been relegated to a minor supporting role by Malick's filmed adaptation. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Roberdeau Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Behlmer Best Sound 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saar Klein Best Editing 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hans Zimmer Best Dramatic Score 1998 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Terrence Malick Best Director (Runner-up) 1998 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Terrence Malick Best Director 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Terrence Malick Best Director 1998 Winner
Directors Guild of America Terrence Malick Best Director 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terrence Malick Best Director 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terrence Malick Best Adapted Screenplay 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Jones Best Editing 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Billy Weber Best Editing 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Michael Geisler Best Picture 1998 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers John Toll Best Cinematography 1998 Winner
National Society of Film Critics John Toll Best Cinematography 1998 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle John Toll Best Cinematography 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association John Toll Best Cinematography 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Toll Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival John Toll Special Mention 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul "Salty" Brincat Best Sound 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound 1998 Nominee

Cast

Sean Penn
as First Sgt. Edward Welsh
Adrien Brody
as Cpl. Fife
James Caviezel
as Pvt. Witt
Ben Chaplin
as Pvt. Bell
George Clooney
as Capt. Charles Bosche
John Cusack
as Capt. John Gaff
Woody Harrelson
as Sgt. Keck
Elias Koteas
as Capt. James "Bugger" Staros
Jared Leto
as Second Lt. Whyte
Dash Mihok
as Pfc. Doll
Tim Blake Nelson
as Pvt. Tills
Nick Nolte
as Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
John C. Reilly
as Sgt. Storm
Larry Romano
as Pvt. Mazzi
John Savage
as Sgt. McCron
John Travolta
as Brig. Gen. Quintard
Arie Verveen
as Pfc. Dale
David Harrod
as Cpl. Queen
Thomas Jane
as Pvt. Ash
Polyn Leona
as Melanesian Woman with child
Miranda Otto
as Marty Bell
Matt Doran
as Private Coombs

Crew

Terrence Malick
Director
John Roberdeau
Producer
Grant Hill
Producer
Robert Michael Geisler
Producer
Terrence Malick
Screenwriter
John Toll
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Saar Klein
Editor
Leslie Jones
Editor
Billy Weber
Editor
Jack Fisk
Production Designer
Ian Gracie
Art Director
Sheila Davis Lawrence
Associate Producer
Michael Stevens
Associate Producer
George Stevens, Jr.
Executive Producer
Richard Hobbs
Set Designer
Margot Wilson
Costume Designer
Paul "Salty" Brincat
Sound/Sound Designer
Skip Cosper
First Assistant Director
Dianne Crittenden
Casting
Gary Capo
Second Unit Director
Glenn Boswell
Stunts Coordinator
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