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Gallipoli (1981)

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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

David Williamson (screenplay), Peter Weir (story)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Lee ... Archy Hamilton
Bill Kerr ... Jack
Harold Hopkins ... Les McCann
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ... Zac (as Charles Yunupingu)
Heath Harris ... Stockman
Ron Graham Ron Graham ... Wallace Hamilton
Gerda Nicolson Gerda Nicolson ... Rose Hamilton
Mel Gibson ... Frank Dunne
Robert Grubb ... Billy
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Barney
David Argue ... Snowy
Brian Anderson Brian Anderson ... Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ... Athletics Official 1
Jack Giddy Jack Giddy ... Athletics Official 2
Dane Peterson Dane Peterson ... Announcer
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Storyline

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Trivia

Actors Bill Kerr, Tim McKenzie, and Graham Dow appeared in both 'Gallipoli' (1981) and 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) - both epic Australian pictures about World War I which were both partly and significantly filmed in South Australia. Also working on both productions were fxperts Steve Courtley and Roger Cowland, machinist / costume designer David Rowe, and horse wrangler Bill Willoughby. See more »

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None of the older officers and non-commissioned officers wear any ribbons on their uniform jackets to denote awards and service in previous wars and battles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: What are your legs?
Archy Hamilton: Springs. Steel springs.
Jack: What are they going to do?
Archy Hamilton: Hurl me down the track.
Jack: How fast can you run?
Archy Hamilton: As fast as a leopard.
Jack: How fast are you going to run?
Archy Hamilton: As fast as a leopard!
Jack: Then let's see you do it!
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Connections

Referenced in On Location with 'Robbery Under Arms' (1985) See more »

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TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS
Music by Johann Strauss
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A great anti-war film
22 September 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Peter Weir has long been one of my favorite directors, and he has had a career consumed by subtle, quiet, lingering films. He can make the most banal concept seem thrilling and suspenseful; a perfect example is the Harrison Ford film "Witness." It could have easily become a stupid, insulting, exploitative "thriller." The ending is, in retrospect, quite ridiculous. But Weir has a strange ability to make anything seem realistic.

"Gallipoli" is one of his older films, from 1981, and it stars a huge cast of names - most famous today, of course, Mel Gibson...whose name is now splattered across the front of the DVD case.

The story is a true one and follows a group of young Australian men who join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, and amidst personal and emotional turmoil they must learn to band together and fight the Turkish Army.

The movie is long, as another reviewer on the site points out. But all of Weir's films are. What I didn't like about his most recent - "Master & Commander" - is that it used special effects (exteriors of ships, etc.) and action sequences (raging storms) to compensate for the slow bits... and came across (to me anyway) as quite dull and down-trodden.

"Gallipoli" is a great film - slow, subtle, low-key. It's a bit like an Australian version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys slower films and can appreciate character-driven dramas. Don't go near it if your attention span was dimming during "xXx2."


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,732,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,732,587
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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