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After a long hiatus, director Malick returns in this epic WWII saga about a rifle company fighting at Guadalcanal. Visually stunning and focused on the inner thoughts, feelings, and philosophical leanings of the soldiers, the film sacrifices plot and continuity to study the questions of Man vs. Nature and the Origin of Evil. Plot difficulties are highlighted by the physical similarities of relative newcomers Chaplin and Caviezel. Combat scenes are, naturally, beautifully shot and effective, while the relationship between Penn and Caviezel makes the biggest impression among the many subplots (some of which go nowhere) and the star-laden, large cast. Based on the 1962 novel by James Jones.

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Available on Running time 170 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
World War II, Jungle Stories, Military: Army, Books to Film: James Jones
Screenplay
Terrence Malick
Cast
Kirk Acevedo, Miranda Otto, Nick Stahl, James Caviezel, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, John Cusack, George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, John Travolta, Tim Blake Nelson, John C. Reilly, John Savage, Arie Verveen, David Harrod, Thomas Jane, Paul Gleason, Penelope Allen, Don Harvey, Shawn Hatosy, Donal Logue, Dash Mihok, Larry Romano
Cinematography
John Toll
Director
Terrence Malick
Music
Hans Zimmer
Other
Mike Stokey
Producer
Robert Michael Greisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill, George Stevens, 20th Century-Fox

Awards

N.Y. Film Critics 1998: Director (Malick); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1998: Cinematog.

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Nicholle

I really enjoy watching war movies. This is a really good one! In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the pacific. To put an end to this campaign, the United States Army arrives with a full division of troops and equipment, deployed to break the last resistence of the Japanese. The exploits of this Division are seen from a number of perspectives amongst the soldiers; to include a war weary Sergeant, a power hungry Colonel, a Private who has known only desertion and AWOL, and a Company Commander is struggling with his abilities as a leader.