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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
The Sergeant Major and his two Staff sergeants, Wilson, Williams and Harris, are members of these three regiments respectively: Scots Guard, East Surrey Regiment and Royal East Kent Regiment (A.K.A "Buffs") See more »
When Staff Sgt. Williams "introduces" the five prisoners to the hill, he refers to the "north face" but from the shadows, it's clear that it's really the south face. See more »
[Sgt. Wilson has tampered with a prisoner's death certificate]
Regimental Sergeant Major Bert Wilson:
Accidental death. But if there's another accidental death and you're in any way connected to it, staff...
[turns Williams' shot glass upside down]
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Sidney Lumet is one of my favorite directors. His films sometimes have weak plots or poor dialogue, but he always elicits superb performances from his cast, and seems to encourage them to really dig into the characters. This film is no exception.
"The Hill" features top-notch performances from the entire cast in a gritty anti-war film with a unique perspective - it's filmed in a British Army prison camp. It raises the issues of racism, indolence, sadistic camp guards, a failed bureaucracy, and ultimately, the actions of true non-conformists and their treatment by a class-driven society.
Connery took a 180-degree turn from James Bond at just the right time in his career, and proves he's a great actor without the babes and the gadgets. Lumet makes one of his tightest films, from the script and camera work through to the final editing.
Although not always pleasant to watch, a definite 10...one of the finest anti-war films made.
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