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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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11 June 1965 (France)  »

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Ein Haufen toller Hunde  »

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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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The first time the new arrivals are shown around "the hill" by Staff Williams, the shadow of the rig is clearly visible as the camera performs a 360 degree shot from the top of the hill. See more »

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SSgt. Williams: [tauntingly] One of those shy lads, are you, Stevens?... Well?
George Stevens: Well...
SSgt. Williams: [raising his voice] Well?
George Stevens: [somewhat bewildered and disoriented] I was...
SSgt. Williams: [deliberately trying to intimidate] You what? One of those cads who can't make up his mind whether he's a boy or a girl?
George Stevens: I'm married, sir.
SSgt. Williams: Are you now? And who is who in your little partnership?
George Stevens: We don't have to be treated like that, do we?
[he begins to turn to face Williams]
George Stevens: I mean...
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"I am going to report this entire incident!"
28 June 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It isn't often Sean Connery makes a film which becomes more memorable than his efforts to make it. Such is the way with a few he decided not mention in his filmography, such as "Safu." You must see it to realize that despite Connery, the film must have a true message. Such is the case with "The Hill." This film does have a message and it is harsh, brutal and to the point. The setting is a British military prison located in the desert and stocked with ex-soldiers who've been court martialed and now must be repatriated by backbreaking discipline, and grim punishment. With inmates coming and going at the prison, it is not too difficult to imagine a new lot which includes Joe Roberts (Sean Connery) a broken Sgt. Major. Pvt. Jacko King (Ossie Davis, who is superb in this role) Pvt. Alfred Lynch, (George Stevens) Pvt. Monty Bartlett (Roy Kinnear) and Pvt. Jock McGrath (Jack Watson). These men and others are new inmates and are pitted against the ruling officers who, will receive as much as they give. This includes the governing Non-commission staff like, Royal Sgt. Major Bert Wilson (Harry Andrews, superb acting) and Sgt. Harris (Ian Bannen) who despite their station are set to collide with each other as well as with the prisoners. Upon entering the prison, the audience is allowed to see how the men will be affected as they are introduced to the punishing ordeal of . . . The Hill. ****


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