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Director:
Writers:
Ray Rigby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1965 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
They went up like men! They came down like animals!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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(29 articles)
Oswald Morris obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 19 March 2014, 5:05 PM, PDT)

Oswald Morris, Oscar And BAFTA-winning Cinematographer, Dead At Age 98
 (From CinemaRetro. 19 March 2014, 10:14 AM, PDT)

Happy 98th to a Great Cinematographer!
 (From FilmExperience. 22 November 2013, 7:00 AM, PST)

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Connery really stretched out in this one... See more (79 total) »

Cast

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Sean Connery ... Joe Roberts

Harry Andrews ... R.S.M. Wilson

Ian Bannen ... Harris
Alfred Lynch ... George Stevens

Ossie Davis ... Jacko King

Roy Kinnear ... Monty Bartlett
Jack Watson ... Jock McGrath

Ian Hendry ... Staff Sergeant Williams

Michael Redgrave ... The Medical Officer (as Sir Michael Redgrave)
Norman Bird ... Commandant
Neil McCarthy ... Burton
Howard Goorney ... Walters
Tony Caunter ... Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Payne ... Man in Prison (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Ray Rigby (screenplay)

Ray Rigby (play) and
R.S. Allen (play)

Produced by
Raymond Anzarut .... associate producer
Kenneth Hyman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thelma Connell 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ernst .... assistant director
Pedro Vidal .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David Bowen .... sound recordist
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Fred Turtle .... dubbing mixer
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Peter Davies .... post-synchronisation (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian West .... camera operator
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
George Montford .... technical advisor
Lee Turner .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (1998) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #20843)

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Trivia:
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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Continuity: The new prisoners are initially lined up in the middle of the camp with their kit at their feet. As the prisoners are in turn called to see the army doctor a raised wooden walkway appears in front of them and later disappears.See more »
Quotes:
Monty Bartlett:You've got it downstaris, mate, but we've got it upstairs. Live up trees, you blokes do. I seen a film about his tribe once. It was called 'Tarazn and the Ape Man.' When Charlie Blogs found you lot, you was walking around starkers, living on monkey nuts.
Jacko King:So this is a member of the great white race. And there's plenty more like Monty. We just call them "white trash."
Jock McGrath:Now look, I don't go for that expression "white trash."
Jacko King:What's Staff Williams?
Jock McGrath:Belt up! I don't want to hear about Williams.
Jacko King:That, I can believe.
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36 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Connery really stretched out in this one..., 9 December 1998
Author: dexter-3 from Farifield, CT

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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