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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Ein Haufen toller Hunde  »

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The Five prisoners are members of the following regiments. (All identifiable via their cap-badges.) McGrath: Lancashire Fusiliers. King: Royal Pioneer Corps. Bartlett: Royal Fusiliers (KC). Stevens: Royal West Kent Regiment. Roberts: Royal Tank Regiment. 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: New scum and old scum are bad mixes.
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On my All-Time Top-10 List
20 October 1998 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Harry Andrews' performance is perfection! But then, all of the others were on a par. And to see Sean Connery take on this role in the middle of his greatest popularity as James Bond!

If you liked this film, I would also recommend the following:

---> Guns at Batasi (1964-British) ---> The Bofors Gun (1968-British) ---> Zulu (1964-British)

Since The Hill is from 1965, and is British, you might conclude that I am a big fan of British films from the 60's with a military theme!


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