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Unfortunately for Malick, the both movies were released at the same time. The one was packed with action, another with long monologues ...yet the Thin Red Line was more realistic than Saving Private Ryan (except the first 20 minutes of the beach landing).
My observation, as a Military History enthusiast.
One thing that in Private Ryan that distracted me from the great realism of that film was when they finally found the real Ryan, Matt Damond. He gave this smile showing off almost a twinkling Hollywood smile. Everything was so authentic to me until that.
In the Thin Red Line Nick Nolte was way over acting and that was distracting to me. I saw him in a Walk in the Woods with Redford and thought he was Oscar worthy. He was just playing himself....Mark Korda
First 20 minutes of spr is the best war reenactment ever placed on celluloid. Overall trl is a better film
How ya doin' -Eldragon?
all of these "war" films are very similar. Full Metal Jacket, is a good place to start for those interested.
just as much as those two. Once it gets going, unending action.
"E Burres Stigano?"
more contemplative, poetic... insightful, as is usually typical of Malick.
SPR has lots to offer as well, but is a different beast.
The Thin Red Line is the classic though, ripe for repeated viewings with new/different discoveries down the line.
You've seen SPR, you've seen SPR. Great acting though.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
Though it seemed to wander it did show the various emotional aspects of men at war which was the point not endless combat.
Both good films, but I think you hit on it. TRL left a deeper emotional mark on me than did SPR. I remember the blunt trauma of the first 20 mins of SPR, but after that it was just another WW II movie. TRL takes the viewer into all sorts of dark places, and the craziness of war and what it does to the men caught up in it.
I think TRL is his best movie.
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