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The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line
  • R
  • 2h 51m
  • 1998
Certified Fresh80%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.
© 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh80%
Critics Consensus: The Thin Red Line is a daringly philosophical World War II film with an enormous cast of eager stars.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Thoughtful, bleak WWII drama has strong violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Thin Red Line is a harrowing but thoughtful World War II drama with violent scenes, strong language, and a nearly three-hour runtime. Based on the autobiographical novel by James Jones, director Terrence Malick balances the war action with the emotional lives of the soldiers and the wildlife on a Pacific Island, resulting in a reflective movie about human nature. Private Witt (Jim Caviezel) has been AWOL, living peacefully with the Natives of the South Pacific Melanesia region, who are shown living in harmony with nature and operating within a peaceful, civilized society. Their way of life, and the wildlife of the South Pacific contrasts strongly with the military action, which depicts strong, gory, and realistic violence throughout. Often a tough watch, the movie shows the horrors of war on soldiers' emotional and physical states. Themes of love and loss are explored. Strong language throughout includes variants of "f--k," while Japanese soldiers are referred to as "Japs" by U.S. soldiers. The movie depicts all soldiers from both sides as humans, with feelings of fear and concern. A flashback scene shows a clothed couple kiss and caress each other, with sex implied. Soldiers are shown smoking and in a couple of scenes they are seen drinking.

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Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 23, 1998
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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