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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 »
User Reviews:
'We're all doing time, even the screws' See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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:
Filming began on September 14, 1964, in Almeria, Spain. As a result, Connery was unable to attend the premiere of his 3rd official James Bond film, Goldfinger, which he had just completed work on.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As Wilson confronts Roberts and King (at about the 90-minute mark), a camera shadow passes over a guard's back.See more »
Quotes:
Jock McGrath:You're a clever bag of tricks, you are, Roberts. Not inside glasshouse half an hour and you use your bloody influence to get us a ride on the hill. Oh I bet, there's one Saturday night booze up your father's always regretted.See more »
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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
'We're all doing time, even the screws', 23 March 2000
Author: Paul Duvall (p_duvall@hotmail.com) from St.Helens, England

This was one of the most poinant lines of the film, neatly summarising the general mood and feeling of the characters.

A lot of people think that this is an anti-war film, which to some degree it is. More accurately, however, it could be labelled an anti-army film. Interestingly enough both views could be maintained without there being any real warfare displayed on the screen. This is a measure of how powerful the film is.

The fighting which we see is actually between the various prison officers and convicts. The film does not simply divide them into opposing groups, but rather explores the differences and tensions between the people who are in power and those who are subject to it.

Like 'Full Metal Jacket', many years later, this movie is a condemnation of the dehumanising process soldiers are forced to go through in order to survive the army. Military prison, as we learn, is a further step down into the merciless and brutal world of the army.

If 'The Hill' was made today, the violence we see would undoubtedly be more explicit and obvious. However, this does not take away anything from the original , as it is the mental torture more than the physical suffering which is portrayed so well in Lumet's work.

It has aged fairly well, mainly due to the accomplished and original way the film is shot and the script is written. Camera angles to induce feelings of dominance, claustrophobia and pressure are utilised perfectly as are the varying degrees of light and dark contrast which accentuates the blazing sun. Every actor is well cast and gives well judged performances, most career bests. Those that stand out are Bannen, Hendry, Connery and Andrews.

At the core of the film is the struggle between Andrews and Bannen's respective characters for ultimate authority in the prison. The bittersweet ending shows that Andrews' charcter, although shaken, will still reign in the hellhouse of a military prison.

Superb, thought provoking film, that rewards the viewer for staying with it as the powerful ending is reached.

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