Based on James Jones' semi-autobiographical novel, United States Army Private Witt goes AWOL from his unit and lives among the carefree Melanesian natives in the South Pacific. He is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by First Sergeant Welsh of his company. Witt is returned to an active duty unit preparing for what will be the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt goes ashore in the company of his fellow soldiers, he ruminates on life, death, and nature as they all meet diverse fates.
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Elias Koteas' character's original name, Stein, appears on his uniform. This is because Terrence Malick changed the name extremely late into production. Read More