Q: Which 1998 American war film marked Terrence Malick's return to directing after a twenty-year absence? The buzz helped draw a star-studded cast—including Sean Penn, John Cusack, George Clooney, and John Travolta. But the film didn't rack up any awards bling; it was nominated for seven Oscars®, but failed to win any.
A: The Thin Red Line
In August 1942, the first American marines charged Guadalcanal, igniting a six-month battle for two thousand square miles of jungle and sand. In that gruesome stretch, sixty thousand Americans made the jump from boat to beach, and one in nine did not return. The Thin Red Line by James Jones is the haunting portrait of men and war.
The film adaptation was bested in several categories by a competing WWII film from Steven Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan.