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The Hill [1965] [VHS]

Sean Connery , Harry Andrews , Sidney Lumet    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: R.S. Allen, Ray Rigby
  • Producers: Kenneth Hyman, Raymond Anzarut
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWKZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in a British military detention centre in North Africa during World War Two. The camp is overseen by sadistic Staff Sargeant Williams, who makes the prisoners climb an artificial hill built in the middle of the camp, under the extreme desert heat. The camp chief, S.M. Wilson, refuses to discipline Williams for his actions, but five new prisoners arrive and decide to stand up to Williams bullying tactics by using their own individual methods.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE HILL (Sean Connery) 15 Dec 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This film is the best I have ever seen. Always has me on the edge of my seat every time I watch it. In 1965, thirty-nine years ago I went to the Pictures as it was called then, to watch the first showing in my local town of ST Helens.
The setting is a British Military prison out in the desert in North Africa, A typical army setting with white painted stones marking the parade square, the flagpoles flying the Union Jack and unit flags. The attention to military detail is absolutely correct (a failing in many modern day made war films)
Sean Connery portrays a Sergeant major (Warrant Officer) who had been court marshalled for disobeying orders during a conflict. He was the only returning survivor which has given him the reputation of being a coward (Is he or isn't he a coward?) now a trooper he is sent to this extremely hard prison. On arrival together with four other prisoners, just inside the camp gates Sean Conney is met by prison staff and the Regimental Sergeant Major and receives a tough welcome indeed.
The Hill is a pile of sand about forty or fifty feet high and is situated in the middle of the camp. With full webbing and wearing backpack prisoners run backwards & forwards over the hill as a punishment for stepping out of line. Of course the newcomers are introduced to the hill straight away.
The film is exciting, sad, funny, is full of revenge, hate, mutiny, and questionable murder, plus many other nail biting aspects. The acting is beyond reproach, and the whole thing in glorious Black and white. If you want to see a good film watch this one, I promise you a treat.
May I suggest a remake of this classic? Nope, Perhaps not, after all there's only one Sean Connery
Howard Donoghue (Berlin.)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The Hill probably represents the finest work of one of the lesser known but none the less great collaborative actor/director teams, that of Sean Connery and Sidney Lumet. Along side these notables, the film boasts a truly outstanding supportive cast, where the likes of Ozzi Davis, Michael Redgrave and Roy Kinner provide classic performances. Set in a Military prison in North Africa the film retains a peerless quality in black and white. It's photography is paired with highly aggressive editing that is stunning. The overall effect provides a time and reality of place little seen in contempery cinema. It is very much a film of it's time yet speaks very much to the present of the past, and so understanding of an attitude that was the British army, as to defy belief. The story centres around a busted Sgt one Joe Roberts played by Connery, sent to account for striking an officer, having faced combat he is all to aware of the system that will once again come to bare on him. His all too knowledgeable attitude provides all the excuse for his prison guard tormentor Ian Hendry to exact ludicrous and murderous punishment on Joe and his fellow cell mates. However, Joe Roberts proves once again that he is exactly the kind of man that defines the real meaning of the term "war hero" inspite of the record he has been wrongly accorded. There are simply not enough stars to mark out this peace of cinema, and if there were they would pale against the performances that are The Hill
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE DVD???? 4 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I am currently browsing around Amazon looking for suitable Christmas presents for friends and family. And I thought of this great old flick for my Dad. This is one of the finest British films of its period and very possibly one of the finest performances ever given by Sean Connery - certainly better than his recent efforts in Hollywood.
Surely someone at the BFI or elsewhere could do something about this, Please......
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough climb 31 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:VHS Tape
'The Hill' is an astonishing movie in many respects. It has a great ensemble cast, largely made of up of people who aren't generally part of ensemble acting - Sean Connery, Ossie Davis, and Michael Redgrave were certainly more of the 'leading man' types. Other well-known actors from British cinema are featured as well (Roy Kinnear, Harry Andrews, Alfred Lynch, Ian Hendry, among others). Sidney Lumet directed this film in 1965; based on a play, it shows the harsher side of masculine, military life - it is set in a disciplinary prison in the Libyan desert during World War II.
Connery and others star as a group of new prisoners getting acclimatised to the way life runs in the prison. Some rebel, some go-along-to-get-along, some become introverted and depressed - the whole range of possibilities is explored. There are class issues and racial issues addressed as well.
The title 'The Hill' comes from the artificial sand mountain constructed in the middle of the camp that the prison warder non-commissioned officers drill the prisoners on, breaking them down physically, and supposedly mentally, in order to reconstruct them as properly disciplined soldiers. However, not everyone responds to this, and at a certain point in the film it becomes clear that one of the warders is in fact a quite sadistic guard.
The process goes on with drudging sameness until the disciplinary punishment goes too far, and a man dies from the treatment. The subsequent attempt at a cover-up provides much of the drama for the film (even though this consists of less than have the screen time of the film), and the ending is certainly poetic in its justice even if it isn't a happy ending by any means.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sean's not over the hill here ........
This is, in many people's opinion, the finest performance by Sean Connery and I'm inclined to agree. A very powerful film which you rarely see on tv. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Film
The Hill is my favourite Sean Connery film. It's about real-world hardship and corruption. In this instance it's set against a background of draconian military life for soldiers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William J. Bale
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hill
This a film that took me back to the days when I was in the army, Life as such was was a struggle and some times brutal, but as a young soldier in 1952 the brutality was a way of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Michael Everingham
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
As with any A list star, Connery has had his off moments; this most certainly was not one of them. As a multiple James Bond by 1965, he undoubtedly headed the cast, but you've also... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr M.R.Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon : Can you please sort out this excellent British film at a...
I am at a loss to understand why this excellent example of the British film industry, cannot be supplied at a "sensible" price !!?.
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by PJJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Connery's exceptional performance in a top British film!
Prompt dispatch of DVD and excellent packaging.
No complaints - Happy Customer!
And, of course, the film is superb!
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by MrsGossamer
5.0 out of 5 stars What no Dvd yet
The Hill, a British classic yet not on UK Dvd, how long must we wait?
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by Pune
5.0 out of 5 stars "And If I Only Could, I'd Make A Deal With God..."
'The Hill' is a thirsty drama set at a prison-camp for allied troops in WW2 North Africa.
It's where all the dregs end up: the tea-leafs, the insubordinates, the... Read more
Published on 18 July 2009 by Paul Ess.
5.0 out of 5 stars FILM- THE HILL
Published on 13 May 2009 by Mr. M. Ashburn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hill DVD
A very under-rated film which, due in part to the racism is these days not shown on British TV. Excellent performances all round this is one of Connery's best films.
Published on 4 May 2009 by JB
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