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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Beneath Hill 60 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
A truely excellent film.

Anyone with an interest in WWI will find this an enjoyable (if that's the right word!) film to watch.

Hill 60 was originally created by the building of the Ypres railway line before the war, apparently it was 60 meters above sea level hence it's name. The tunnel created was over 1000 feet in length, the joke being they were going to blow up Germany itself. Hill 60 formed part of the Messine Ridge and being close to Ypres (known by the Brits as 'Wipers') isn't actually that far from Passendaele either (I'm sure many of you remember the story about Harry Patch, he arrived a couple of years later just further north from Hill 60).

This film avoids the Hollywood glamour, the in-depth love story (there are on a number of occasions flash backs to before the war but don't let this put you off, is is well managed by the director) and concentrates on a small team of Australian tunnellers whom were formed from mining communities back in Australia (as did the British and Germans).

Having visited Ypres and Hill 60 myself on a couple of occasions, this film helps to picture the true scene during this bleak period in history, visiting there today you would never know what really took place (although do keep in mind that hundreds of dead bodies still remain underground in and around Hill 60 because of what happened on that day).

I can't praise this film enough, it's a pleasure to watch a well thought out and sensitive film in this modern Hollywood era.
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