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Every man fights his own war.

Dec 25,1998

Hollywood Movies | Drama | War | History

Ratings: 6.8 / 10 from

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Length: 170 Minute(s)
Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived. A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.
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nudity 5/10 A sex scene between a man and his wife is shown repeatedly in flashback. They are fully clothed, so no nudity, but there is explicit caressing, moaning, and thrusting. It is portrayed that they are having sex There is a flashback scene where a woman is naked laying in a tub. you see her naked back and side Lots of sexual comments cracked off by soldiers. Women are shown walking around topless.
violence 9/10 Men are shot, and blood sprays out of the wounds. We see bloody bullet holes. A few times blood splatters onto the camera lens. Lots of explosions from artillery and mortars, and soldiers are blown through the air in violent ways. Several soldiers have shrapnel ripped into them from mortars. A very gory and graphic scene is shown when soldiers come across two dead soldiers. One of them has no legs, while the other one's arm and head have sustained severe bloody trauma. This is shown for a while: it is very bloody and graphic. A soldier screams on the ground while holding his extremely bloody torso. A buddy tries to help him and gives him morphine, but it's implied that the soldier died. This scene is disturbing and bloody, and happens in the middle of a big battle scene. A soldier accidentally blows up his rear end with a grenade. No blood, but he screams in pain and slowly dies. Very disturbing. Men are bayonetted very graphically, blood splatters out of wounds, a man blows himself up with a grenade off screen. A man is shot in the chest, blood is seen spurting out his back. In one scene, American soldiers overwhelm a Japanese position in a village. We see several Japanese corpses, many of them bloody, and vultures are seen flying overhead. An angry soldier shoots two Japanese in anger. Bloodless but disturbing.
profanity 6/10 13 uses of "fuck," 23 of "Goddamn," 15 of "hell," 7 of "shit," 4 of "ass," 4 of "son of a bitch," 3 of "damn," 2 of "Jesus," and 1 use each of "oh Jesus," "Jesus Christ" and "bitching."
alcohol 5/10 Some characters smoke; they all at one point halfway through the film with a bottle of booze in hand.
frightening 9/10 The entire film is very intense, disturbing, and emotional. Dead bodies or dying soldiers are seen. A man taunts a dying man. 35/50 - 16+

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