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The Thin Red Line (1964) - Preview & competition

The Thin Red Line

Preview by Jack Foley

SET during the Allied invasion of the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre during World War II, this film is based on the novel by James Jones.

Keir Dullea is Private Doll, who dreads the invasion and steals a pistol to help him protect himself.

Sergeant Welsh (Jack Warden), a caustic, battle-scarred veteran, hates Doll, whom he considers a coward. In battle, Doll kills a Japanese soldier and is filled with remorse, which further angers the sergeant.

The next day, an emboldened Doll wipes out an entire enemy machine gun post and begins to feel as sadistic as Welsh. The two must work together to clear away some mines, but as they do, their platoon is surprised by a Japanese raid.

The Thin Red Line is directed by Andrew Marton and spawned a remake a few years back by Terrence Malick. The original still stands as a classic war-time film in its own right.

It is released on DVD through Optimum Classics on Monday, January 31, 2011, along with another war-time classic, Decision Before Dawn

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Certificate: 12
Running time: 95mins
UK DVD Release: January 31 2011