The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line ★★

Based on the James Jones's 1962 novel of the same name. The film follows the life of a number of American soldiers during the battle of Guadalcanal. The black-and-white film was shot in Spain. Bernard Gordon's screenplay of Jones's work concentrates on the relationship between the young rule-breaking, "survival-at-any-cost", Private Doll (Keir Dullea) and the older veteran 1st Sgt Welsh (Jack Warden). The next film adaptation of the novel wouldn’t be done until Terrence Malick released his version in 1998. This one doesn't really make any earth shattering discoveries so much as it drills down on a love-hate relationship between the two soldiers that come from very different generations.