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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hell that was Gallipoli
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"Gallipoli" made in 1981 is an Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, all natives of that country. The film is set during the First World War and the title refers to the peninsula of the same name located on the Aegean coast of The Dardenelles in Turkey. It was in this area that between the...
Published on 25 Feb 2009 by Bob Salter

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3.0 out of 5 stars made me so annoyed with general who insisted on going ahead without listening ...
Film jumped about at start and finish.
Story O.K. If true, made me so annoyed with general who insisted on going ahead without listening to subordinates. And, cowardly in not going to see for himself. Rather like the leaders safe behind the lines at The Somme. who wouldnt go and see what ordinary folk had to do.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hell that was Gallipoli, 25 Feb 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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"Gallipoli" made in 1981 is an Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, all natives of that country. The film is set during the First World War and the title refers to the peninsula of the same name located on the Aegean coast of The Dardenelles in Turkey. It was in this area that between the 25th April 1915 when it was captured, to the 19th December 1915 when it was evacuated, that many ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers fought and died. The climax to this film is at the brutal battle of "The Nek", which was a terrible killing field for the ANZACs.

The film concerns two young men from rural Western Australia who become close friends whilst competing against each other in a sprint at an athletics meeting. Mel Gibson, looking strangely youthful plays the cynical Frank Dunne whilst Mark Lee portrays the innocent and idealistic Archy Hamilton. Swayed by propaganda which was rife at the time they enlist to fight for their Countrys cause, although many recruits had never heard of the places involved in the conflict. Archy is considerably more enthusiastic about the idea than Frank.

They are then shipped out for training in Egypt where the soldiers indulge in a bit of good natured "Pommy bashing". Well it is an Australian film, so that is "Fair Dinkum". Thrashing us at cricket with monotonous regularity does not seem to appease their appetite for this genial sport! In all too short a time they are transported to the harsh realities of trench warfare in Gallipoli. Having trained with the Light Horse this bloody stalemate is not what they expected and they see the senseless slaughter first hand as their ranks are decimated. At the films ending we see the company go over the top into the face of the Turkish guns. Archie sprints ahead of the others using his great speed. He has no weapon and the camera freezes as he is struck by a hail of machine gun bullets. Frank who has been used as a runner just fails to get back in time with the order to stop the attack.

The film has many impressive scenes. I particularly liked the scene where Major Barton played by Bill Hunter plays his favourite opera piece the night before before the attack. The final scenes are particularly poignant. I was reminded of the scene from perhaps the greatest anti war film of all time "Paths of Glory"(57) where Kirk Douglas is about to lead his men over the top in a doomed attack. All so indescribably sad.

It is vital for us all to remember that 46,000 allied soldiers died and there were 265,000 casualties in the campaign, and it is very likely the Turkish losses were greater. This film is a fitting tribute to all those brave young men who gave their lives in the hell that was Gallipoli. Highly recommended viewing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving and vivid, 12 Jan 2007
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hillbank68 "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a film I have seen several times since it was first issued, and it has always packed a considerable emotional punch. It tells of the accidental friendship of two young Australians, one from a comfortable farming background, the other rather from the other side of the tracks, brought together by their talent as sprinters. Both join up and are transported first to Egypt and then to the Dardanelles. There, at Gallipoli, they play out the last stage of their friendship in the inferno of bullet and shellfire which met the Anzac troops. The film is amusing in places, very characterful, visually very beautiful. The soundtrack seems to me appropriate ; I don't find it dated at all, and the classical pieces fit the sometimes sombre mood and the touching portrayal of the Australian officer who celebrates his wedding anniversary by playing old records of the famous Pearl Fishers' duet. I used to use this film a bit in a film studies course in the school in which I taught and it always left the teenagers silent and thoughtful ; it certainly touched them. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still packs a punch, 26 April 2013
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I recently saw this on the big screen when the London Australian Film Society screened it on ANZAC Day and it really holds its own.

The script is wonderful - written by one of Australia's greatest playwrites, David Williamson. The acting is fabulous - I think this is Mel at his best and poor old Mark Lee, well he never really shook of this role to move on to others it's so powerfully iconic. The cinematography is gorgeous and say what you will regarding the rather jarring 80s synth theme - if you grew up with this film you can't imagine it with any other soundtrack. All pulled together by Peter Weir. Brilliant.

This is NOT a documentary in any way shape or form. If you want to learn about the Gallipoli campaign then I suggest you read a book about it. This is powerful storytelling with deep anti-war undertones. Tracking the journey of two under-age sprinters as they meet, con their way to signing up and travelling 1/2 way round the world in the search for adventure and find instead the shocking reality of war.

Can't recommend it enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but very powerful anti-war film, 7 Dec 2006
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Greg Farefield-Rose (Hertfordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Uneven but powerful film about the First World War atrocity at Gallipoli where appalling incompetence by the generals lead to thousands of Australian soldiers being ordered above the trenches into direct Turkish gunfire. Gallipoli the film is also largely about the development of the unlikely friendship between country boy Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and the more streetwise Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson). United as outstanding, competing, athletic prospects Archy leads the more questioning Frank into joining up after they undertake an unscheduled desert trek to Perth.

Like most of the other rookie volunteers, the geographically isolated Archy is incredibly naïve about the war, seeing it as little more than a foreign adventure. After clearly inadequate training in Egypt, the two friends and their comrades land amidst spectacular gunfire in Turkey and are soon disgracefully ordered forward with sudden catastrophic results.

Made by renowned Australian director Peter Weir, the pointless waste of these young lives packs a very powerful punch. Less impressive is the film's development towards this climax with Archy and Frank's burgeoning friendship being under-developed on-screen. Gallipoli's lack of cohesiveness is also not helped by it already feeling dated, not least due to its horrible early 80s music interludes. Still it's a very powerful indictment of a terrible episode of army incompetence and despite its flaws, is well worth seeing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning - extremely moving at times., 20 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Gallipoli [VHS] [1981] (VHS Tape)
I found this film to be a masterpiece. Gibson and Lee both put in sound performances and conveyed their characters emotions well. With some light-heartedness it's not all doom and gloom, but it makes you realise how bad WWI actually was.
From a sheer entertainment point of view it's 99.9% on my scale, but historically it's only about 80%. Still a magnificent war drama made better by some humerous sections of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANZAC sacrifice portrayed superbly, 25 April 2003
This review is from: Gallipoli [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
Mark Lee and Mel Gibson give bravura performances in this heart-felt portrayal of young Australians caught up in the bloody consequences of WW1. The engaging characterisations, sympathetic direction, and fresh-faced cast make this a great introduction for those who know little about the Kiwi and Aussie sacrifice in the war, and a reminder to all about the futility of war.
While the New Zealand and British presence and sacrifices are perhaps unnecessarily side-lined by the movie, the finale must rank as one of the most moving in cinema history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, 16 Sep 2014
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Purchased because of all the nonsense broadcast on T.V. at date during referenda and general Middle East perpetuated havoc, so while these presentations still exist I am going to keep one of the reality, which is why Gallipoli was made as our parents can tell and their parents knew. This is not 1914, but putting 1914 in its place this film does, the Empire had ended but people were recruited by the incompetent to preserve the impossible as Thelwell noted about Hunting. Generally genocide. If the T.V. and politicians want to start another fight to destroy the young people would they go to Antarctica and conduct their practices and leave England be and Australia and New Zealand and the USA and Africa and China, we are justifiably very fed up with their presence on our island since 1979. Good film, clear well presented excellent dialogue good sound, fit actors, decent desert, no cartoon graphics nor voice overs from the deluded preaching extremist attitudes. Probably should be seen by over 25 with a strong health whose parents suffered the same in WWII. Doubt it would suit extremists of certain proposed "cultures".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 May 2013
This film is extremely moving and heart wrenching, yet amusing and entertaining. A must see for anyone interested in building up a picture of the First World War.
Not sure why this particular version is called collectors edition, it contains nothing other than the film! But for the price it's well worth a buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, should be mandatory watching, 13 Dec 2012
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Cried buckets again. I think all schools should show this to their pupils, it may help prevent the next major war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So topical to 2014 but have loved this film for years, 8 Sep 2014
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So topical to 2014 but have loved this film for years. Very funny in places but also moving, involving you in the lives of soldiers
from Australia before and during WW1. The music is also worth mentioning, excellent. A very good saga and watching this film gives you an insight into the futility of war for the ordinary man.
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