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I think, at least in The Thin Red Line, by having so many movie stars appear so fleetingly, it makes any one individual star kind of meaningless. This is important for a war film, as very quickly you stop ranking characters' importance based on how famous the actor is (and, thus, what role they'll play in the battles, who'll die, etc.) You stop evaluating the characters based on preconceived notions of Hollywood storytelling because the casting follows no such logic. This may pull some people out of the film, of course, but I like being disoriented and a little confused the first time I watch a movie. And for a metaphysical war film, I gather that's rather the point.
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