History Film / TheThinRedLine

10th Jul '16 4:17:00 AM JackG
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-->'''Tall:''' You feel like a son to me, John. [beat] You know what my son does? He's a bait salesman.

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-->'''Tall:''' You feel like a son to me, John. [beat] [[ReplacementGoldfish You know what my son does? He's a bait salesman. salesman.]]
4th Jul '16 11:29:25 AM JackG
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** Also invoked in Creator/GeorgeClooney's cameo as Captain Bosche. When giving a speech to the men he describes himself as their father and Sgt Welsh as their mother. Welsh's private dialogue shows he's not impressed.
9th Apr '16 10:47:57 AM Morgenthaler
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The film is also notable for being pitted against ''SavingPrivateRyan'' both at the time it came out [[DuelingMovies and ever since]], with the two (very different) war films being (perhaps unfairly) compared to each other and various film critics [[BrokenBase taking sides]]. This is owing to the fact that [[LoveItOrHateIt it depends on what kind of war movie you are looking to see]].

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The film is also notable for being pitted against ''SavingPrivateRyan'' ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' both at the time it came out [[DuelingMovies and ever since]], with the two (very different) war films being (perhaps unfairly) compared to each other and various film critics [[BrokenBase taking sides]]. This is owing to the fact that [[LoveItOrHateIt it depends on what kind of war movie you are looking to see]].
4th Oct '15 5:51:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmericaWinsTheWar: Oh so averted. There is nearly no PatrioticFervor shown in the movie, not even of the "positive, honest and cheerful" variety. The movie tries hard to avert DoNotDoThisCoolThing and focuses more on the mundane lives and suffering of individual soldiers.

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* AmericaWinsTheWar: AmericaWonWorldWarII: Oh so averted. There is nearly no PatrioticFervor shown in the movie, not even of the "positive, honest and cheerful" variety. The movie tries hard to avert DoNotDoThisCoolThing and focuses more on the mundane lives and suffering of individual soldiers.
10th Apr '15 9:25:01 AM TVRulezAgain
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-> "''[[NotSoDifferent Maybe all men got one big soul everybody's a part of, all faces are the same man]].''"

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-> "''[[NotSoDifferent Maybe "''Maybe all men got one big soul everybody's a part of, all faces are the same man]].man.''"



'''''The Thin Red Line''''' is a famous book about the battle of [[WorldWarII Guadalcanal]] by author JamesJones. It is a philosophical work about the internal and external battles the various soldiers go through.

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'''''The Thin Red Line''''' is a famous book about the battle of [[WorldWarII Guadalcanal]] by author JamesJones.Creator/JamesJones. It is a philosophical work about the internal and external battles the various soldiers go through.
25th Jul '14 3:54:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* AllStarCast: More than ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's 11]]''. According to one critic, "everyone in Hollywood auditioned for the film," because Malick was a mysterious legend who hadn't made a film in 20 years.
** Creator/SeanPenn, Creator/AdrienBrody, JimCaviezel, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson, Ben Chaplin, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, George Clooney, JohnTravolta, Jared Leto, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Savage. (Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, Bill Pullman, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen and Mickey Rourke also starred, but didn't make the final cut. Rourke in particular felt betrayed by this as he felt his work on this film to be the best of his career).



* DoingItForTheArt: Practically the whole film is internal monologue.



* DuelingMovies: With Film/''SavingPrivateRyan''



* HeyItsThatGuy: JimCaviezel, aka "[[Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist Jesus]]", plays a spiritual role here as well.
** Malick specifically cast actors (dozens of famous actors) who look like each other, to put forth the message that all the soldiers are part of a unit and fundamentally different aspects of the same person. With lots and lots of (then-unknown) actors cast because they look very similar to lots and lots of (famous) actors who all wanted to appear in a Malick film, and with most of the dialogue being internal monologue, you have a situation where it's easier for people who haven't read the book to tell the characters apart by the actor playing them.
** A few flashbacks and somewhat surreal sequences reveal that Ben Chaplin's character is married to [[TheLordOfTheRings Eowyn]].
9th Jul '14 10:16:55 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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See also ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'', also by James Jones. Also, ''The Thin Red Line'' is to ''Series/ThePacific'' as ''Saving Private Ryan'' is to ''Series/BandOfBrothers''.

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See also ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'', also by James Jones. Also, ''The Thin Red Line'' is to ''Series/ThePacific'' as ''Saving Private Ryan'' is to ''Series/BandOfBrothers''.
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21st Jun '14 7:05:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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* WarIsHell: And apparently not just for humans. Many of the most haunting shots in the movie involve [[GaiasLament nature being destroyed and ravaged by war]]. One particularly gruesome scene is [[spoiler:a close-up of a mortally scorched baby parrot, slowly twitching and dying]] [[SceneryGorn in the burnt grass]]. [[TearJerker Damn]].
** There's also a scene in which a soldier remarks that he had seen [[DyingLikeAnimals burnt corpses of both men and dogs]]...[[FireForgedFriends and there isn't really any difference between them]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: A character removes teeth from (either live or dead) Japanese prisoners using pliers, then later has an [[ShellShockedVeteran emotional breakdown]] and throws the bag of teeth away.

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* WarIsHell: WarIsHell:
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And apparently not just for humans. Many of the most haunting shots in the movie involve [[GaiasLament nature being destroyed and ravaged by war]]. One particularly gruesome scene is [[spoiler:a close-up of a mortally scorched baby parrot, slowly twitching and dying]] [[SceneryGorn in the burnt grass]]. [[TearJerker Damn]].
** There's also a scene in which a soldier remarks that he had seen [[DyingLikeAnimals burnt corpses of both men and dogs]]...dogs...[[FireForgedFriends and there isn't really any difference between them]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: WhatYouAreInTheDark:
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A character removes teeth from (either live or dead) Japanese prisoners using pliers, then later has an [[ShellShockedVeteran emotional breakdown]] and throws the bag of teeth away.



14th May '14 12:06:02 PM SeptimusHeap
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* TheMessiah: Pvt. Witt (JimCaviezel) as a [[SophisticatedAsHell philosophically Buddhist hick ingenue]] who undergoes a spiritual awakening after going AWOL to live in a Melanesian Village, and later [[spoiler:sacrifices himself for his troops]] after Sgt. Welsh, his "only friend," demoted him to hospital detail for being too disobedient and pacifist; Caviezel invoked this trope here several years before starring in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
5th Jan '14 2:36:12 AM Odon
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* LikeASonToMe
-->'''Tall:''' You feel like a son to me, John. [beat] You know what my son does? He's a bait salesman.
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