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My obsession with The Thin Red Line

Obsessed? Me? Nah. I do understand why you would think that, knowing that I saw The Thin Red Line seven times in the theatre between January and April 1999.

However, when I first went to see it (in my earnest desire to see all 1998 Academy Award Best Picture nominees), I didn't expect to like it--reviewers had called it slow, too high-minded, jittery, confusing. And it was a film about men and masculinity.

How wrong we were! I was amazed by the restless, disrupting narrative; the brilliant cinematography contrasting the lushness of paradisical nature with the barrenness of human war; and the mystery, tragedy and hope of the last scenes. When I see The Thin Red Line, I am filled with wonder, which is why I created this page. And it gives me a way to get this stuff out of my house, otherwise known as The Shrine to the Thin Red Line.


June 13, 2002: Jim Caviezel (Witt) hits the road. Quoth the Hollywood Reporter: Jim Caviezel is gearing up to star in the high-speed actioner "Highwaymen" for New Line Cinema. Caviezel is in negotiations to take on the role of Rennie Cray, a young widower who drives the highways hunting for his wife's killer. A dark take on the mythical road movie, "Highwaymen" follows a dehumanized villain who uses a car as an expression of his rage against the world and the obsessed hero (Caviezel) who is tracking him. An innocent woman gets caught in the game as the men chase each other on the open road in 1970s muscle cars.

April 15, 2001: Actor Adrien Brody is still sore over how his role as Fife got downsized in The Thin Red Line. In an interview with London newspaper The Independent, he had this to say:

Poor Brody! Read the whole article here.

Want to know how to get your copy of The Thin Red Line script? I got mine at:

They sell copies of the second draft version of the script, as do other script-selling places I've seen.

Just what is this film all about?

Despite the presence of big stars Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and John Cusack, The Thin Red Line is not really about their characters. It is about four men, played by up-and-coming actors, among many in C-for-Charlie Company who are to take Guadalcanal Island from the Japanese in 1942/1943. The four men are: Witt, who is the Christ-like moral centre, Bell and Doll, who submerge their fears in very different private and public masks, and Dale, who has turned savage. Each man represents different possibilities of humanity; each man transcends who he is at the beginning.


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Memorable lines

Interviews with cast and crew members

Partial film credits

Read a few key scenes from the draft script!
The draft version of the script is different from the filmed version in a few ways, as I sketch out here

Check out my analysis in The Guide to The Thin Red Line! There are MAJOR SPOILERS to my analysis of the films referred to in The Thin Red Line, but an analyst's gotta do what an analyst's gotta do.


The Thin Red Goofs

Thanks to Moggie, Matt for his kind generosity, Aimee and Ros for the many spirited and intellectual discussions about The Thin Red Line, big thanks to Frau M. and Shelley for their sustained brilliance, Karl for everything, and biggest thanks of all to the kind visitors to this website who give me news and information.

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Last updated August 29, 2001.