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The Hill (1965)

 -  Drama | War  -  11 June 1965 (France)
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In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

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WWII, in a British disciplinary camp located in the Libyan desert. Prisoners are persecuted by Staff Sergeant Williams, who made them climb again and again, under the heavy sun, an artificial hill built right in the middle of the camp. Harris is a more human and compassionate guard, but the chief, S.M. Wilson, refuses to disown his subordinate Williams. One day, five new prisoners arrive. Each of them will deal in a different way with the authority and Williams' ferocity. Written by Yepok

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They went up like men! They came down like animals!

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In Robert Kahn's book, The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Cinema's Hidden Gems, and in the 3 August 2001 New York Times article, "Watching Movies With: Woody Allen," Allen said he regarded Sidney Lumet's "The Hill", along with "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)", "White Heat", "The Informer", "Double Indemnity (1944)", and "Shane (1953)", as being among the best American movies. See more »

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When the five new prisoners are ordered to empty their kits, a camera shadow is clearly visible passing over them on the left edge of the screen. See more »

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Regimental Sergeant Major Bert Wilson: I'm running this place! Me! I'll say what goes and what don't go!
Sergeant Charlie Harris: You ain't running this place, Bert, WILLIAMS is! Look at him! He took over days ago! You STILL haven't caught on!
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Maybe Connery's Best
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gritty emotional story of men being subjected to ill treatment at a British Army disciplinary camp in the desert. Human drama is of interest to anyone who has been a cog in a corporate machine, not just a veteran. Symbolic of human defiance in the face of rigid rules and inconsiderate authority.

Excellent cast takes every opportunity of limited time frame to give their characters amazing depth. Every character is fully realized and recognizable by anyone who has a few tough life experiences.

Naturally as good as the other actors are, the focus will always be on Connery's screen presence. Here he seems to be portraying his true personality, his face never suited Bond as much. Tough, self respecting and self disciplined sergeant who resolves not to lose his dignity in the face of harsh cruelty. This is an amazing performance, and it's too bad we don't use men like this as role models in modern American society.

As good as the performances are, the best thing about this film is the photography---check out the 360 degree camera movement during the opening sequence. It's a masterpiece which is rare to see even today.


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