The Thin Red Line

Synopsis: U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Terrence Malick
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 40 nominations.
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170 min


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What's this war in the heart of nature?

Why does nature vie with itself?.

The land contend with the sea?

Is there an avenging power in nature?

Not one power, but two?

I remember my mother when she was dying.

Looked all shrunk up and grey.

I asked her if she was afraid.

She just shook her head.

I was afraid to touch the death seen in her.

I couldn't find nothing beautiful or up liftingabout her going back to God.

I heard people talk about immortality,but I ain't seen it.

I wondered how it'd be when I died.

What it'd be like to know that this breath nowwas the last one you was ever gonna draw.

I just hope I can meet it the same way she did.

With the same... calm.

Cos that's where it's hidden -the immortality I hadn't seen.

Kids around here never fight.


Sometimes when you see them playing

they always fight!

- Is she afraid of me?- Little bit.

- Are you afraid of me?- Yes.

- Why?- Cos you look...

You look as an army!

- I look army?- Yes.

Well, that don't matter.

It doesn't matter.

- Baby's tired.- Yes.

If she swims, she wants, she will sleep.

All right, come on. Turn around.

Go, go, go, go. Go!

Come on, go.

Go, go, go, go!

Witt, patrol boat!

She's American.

What's it doing out here all alone?

You haven't changed at all, have you, Witt?

You haven't learned a thing.

All a man has to do is leave it to you,you'll put your head in the noose for him.

How many times you been AWOL?

Been in the army, what? Six years now?

Ain't it time you smartened upand stopped being such a punk recruit?

I mean, if you're ever gonna.

We can't all be smart.

No, we can't, and that's a shame.

Look at you.

Truth is,you can't take straight duty in my company.

You'll never be a real soldier,not in God's world.

This is C Company,of which I'm First Sergeant. I run this outfit.

Captain Staros, he's the CO, but I'm the guywho runs it. Nobody's gonna foul that up.

You're just another mouth for me to feed.

Normally, you'd be court-martialled.

But I worked a deal for ya.

Gotta consider yourself lucky.

I'm sending you to a disciplinary outfit.

You'll be a stretcher-bearer.You'll be taking care ofthe wounded.

I can take anything you dish out.

I'm twice the man you are.

In this world...

a man himself is nothing.

And there ain't no world but this one.

You're wrong there, Top.

I seen another world.

Sometimes I thinkit was just... my imagination.


then you've seen things I never will.

We're living in a world that's blowing itselfto hell as fast as everybody can arrange it.

In a situation like that all a man can dois shut his eyes and let nothing touch him.

Look out for himself.

I might be the best friend you ever had.

You don't even know it.

He hates you worse than poison.

I never felt he hated me, cos I don't hate him.

I love Charlie Company.

They're my people.

They call it "The Rock".

Nobody wants this island.Japs just put an airfield there.

Fighting's confined to this area.

This is their road to Australia, and this is theirway of controlling the sea lanes to America.

If we're gonna stop the Japs' advance into theSouth Pacific, we've gotta do it right there.

The Marines have done theirjob.Now it's our turn.

Worked myass off.

Brown-nosed the generals.

Degraded myself

for them andmyfamily.

For myhome.

- I admire you, Colonel. I do.- Thank you, sir.

Most men your agewould have retired by now.

It's OK.

We need general officerswith maturity and character like you.

We've got good sergeantsand good lieutenant colonels.

But once a man gets those eagles,he can't wait to get that star.

He becomes a politician, right?

Goes along to get along.

So goddamn hard to stay upright.

- You said it there, sir.- With the Admiral watching, which he will be.

- There's always someone watching.- Yeah.

Like a hawk.

Always someone ready to jump in,if you're not.

- D'you have a son, Colonel?- Yes, sir.

Good. We don't want our sons or grandsonsfighting this war 30 years from now, do we?

- No, sir, we sure don't.- Then you crush 'em without mercy.

You dig them out ofthe hillsand protect that airfield.

Yes, sir.

You wonder why... Why did the Japsput an airfield there of all places?

I guess we don't know the bigger picture,if there is such a thing.

- What do you think?- Well, sir, I never ask myselfthat question.

You're a humble man.

Nobody wants that island... but you.

How much do you want it?

As much as I have to, sir.

All theysacrifiicedforme

poured outlike water on the ground.

All lmighthave given forlove's sake.

Too late.


slow as a tree.

D'you feel it?

Yes, sir.

Thank you, sir.

Take topside to the signalbridge.

The closeryou are to Caesar,the greater the fear.

I just can't helphow damn scared I am, sarge, all right?

I can't help it. I got...

My stepdaddy took a blockand beat me when I was real little

and I was scaredand I used to run, I used to hide.

Hell, I slept in the chicken coopa whole lot of nights.

And I never thoughtit'd get no worse than that.

But I'm living by the... by the minute here.I'm counting the seconds.

Hell, we're gonna be landing soonand there's gonna be air raids.

We're probably gonna diebefore we get offthe beach.

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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