The Thin Red Line


The original adaptation of James Jones' novel packs less of a punch than it's more recent sibling

The Thin Red Line review

Not to be confused with Terrence Malick’s poetic epic – though it’s drawn from the same James Jones novel about the storming of Guadalcanal during the Pacific War.

This one’s a routine combat movie directed by studio workhorse Andrew Marton. Keir Dullea (2001) is the private determined to survive, Jack Warden the hard-bitten sergeant he clashes with.

The battle scenes are dynamically staged, and Malcolm Arnold’s score whips up an emotional frenzy. But Malick did so much more with the material.

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