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For my money, however, "Private Ryan" is what most people look for in a war film. "Thin Red Line" certainly conveys the inner personal anguish, doubt, fear, and even savagery of its combatants, but it doesn't show the real, external face of war.
But please, folks, don't delude the readers with the idea that one of these two films is "better" than the other. They both have their respectful place in moviemaking about war.
Spanning a running time of just short of three hours, we're taken on a journey to Guadalcanal, where American troops are landing on the sandy beaches only to encounter a foe that, for a while, seems unbeatable. Their mission: to take over an airstrip and give America an advantage in the Pacific War. It is here that the characters are established: First Sergeant Welsh (Sean Penn), whose only wish is to lose all feeling for the events he experiences; Lt. Colonel Tall (Nick Nolte), obsessed more with his image than with actual victory; Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), a quiet, almost spiritual soldier with a soft yet firm heart; and Private Bell (Ben Chaplin), whose memories of his wife are what fuel his drive to fulfill his mission so he may return home.
Like "Ryan," this film has intense images of graphic violence associated with war and battle. While Malick does not use the same technique as Speilberg, whose film is gritty and never without unsteady camera shots, his slow-motion captures, cut to the powerful score of Hans Zimmer, are just as moving and powerful.Read more ›
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for me, the best movie ever....it's individual, but editing job done by film crew and director himself was done just great.Published 16 days ago by maros1974
Great acting by Nick Nolte ,very realistic depiction of war in the pacific. I was riveted by the final scene when the GIs overun the Japanese base camp. Read morePublished 17 days ago by R. Israelson
Love this film
One of my favorite WW2 films
Point of view of a soldier of how reality was, not what Hollywood portrays (close enough according to 3 veterans from same war... Read more
This was a real mess of a war movie. It didn't know what direction it wanted to take. The messages common: war is bad, it's hell, it changes you, why does the system do this to... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mark
Advertised as new but received used with a light film over the packing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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|Your top 25 all time movies||
ok... off of the top of my head (after 2 glasses of wine) probably not what you're looking for....
1) The City of Lost Children (NOT DUBBED! - original language-dub sucks)
2) Howl's Moving Castle
4) Waiting for Guffman
5) To Kill a Mockingbird
6) The Haunting (original Robert... Read More
May 26, 2010 by nightshade | See all 12 posts