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Movies: “The Thin Red Line”

May 2, 1964 - Opening today is “The Thin Red Line,” a war film directed by Andrew Marton and starring Keir Dullea (pictured), Jack Warden, James Philbrook, and Kieron Moore. Based on James Jones’s 1962 novel of the same name, the film follows the lives 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 (Dullea) and the older veteran, 1st Sergeant Welsh (Warden).

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