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The Thin Red Line movie review

The Thin Red Line

War ain't fun.

Just in case you thought it was (and there are some thoughtless individuals who do), this film is a long-winded discussion on the subject.

Our motley group of war attendees walk through this film demonstrating why the cardinal rule in film is "Show it, don't say it."

Characters, one after another, talk about their history, their motivations, their feelings. Now, while sometimes this kind of introspective stroll through the characters' psyche may make for award-winning literature, it isn't compelling cinema.

The film attracted a number of men who are usually interested in the quirky indie films (especially Cusack), the dialogue has that slow rhythm of bad theatre.

As an anti-war statement, this one says, "Don't go to war, it's dull."

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See also: John Cusack films page ; John Cusack also appears in Grosse Pointe Blank, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Anastasia, Con Air, George Clooney also appears in One Fine Day, The Peacemaker and Out of Sight
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Title: The Thin Red Line (1998-9)
Written by: novel by James Jones, screenplay by Terrence Malick
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Produced by: Robert Michael Geisler, Grant Hill, George Stevens Jr
Edited by: Leslie Jones, Saar Klein, Billy Weber
Director of Photography: John Toll
running time:170 mins
Rating: M

The Players: John Cusack, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, John C. Reilly
Official website: www.foxmovies.com/thinredline
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