The Thin Red Line (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Thin Red Line (1964)




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Set during the WWII-era invasion of Guadalcanal, this war drama centers on the powerful bond that develops between a gentle young private who grows to become a ruthless soldier and the sadistic sergeant who despises him. Despite their mutual loathing, the two must work together to stop Japanese snipers.


Critic Reviews for The Thin Red Line

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Aficionados of the action-packed war film will savor the crackling, combat-centered approach of The Thin Red Line, an explosive melodramatization of the Yank assault on Guadalcanal in World War II.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Under the sincere but inadequate handling of Mr. Marton, best known for his chariot race in "Ben Hur," Ray Daley and Jack Warden are unable to explore the possibilities of these roles.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The Thin Red Line is a curiosity: a quite mediocre war movie, based upon the James Jones novel about Guadalcanal, with some of the best battle scenes -- fast, lucid, beautiful -- that I've ever seen.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The combat sequences, particularly the final one, are first class, without war being glorified.

October 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In adapting Jones's novel for the screen, Gordon neatly compacted whole scenes from the book, occasionally causing confusion. Motivations are often touched on superficially rather than probed into to show the psychology of men at war.

October 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Compared to Malick's sumptuous art film, Marton's old Line looks awfully naive, and yet it goes a great deal further in grappling with the author's touchy subtext of soldierly love.

August 21, 2009 | Full Review…

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