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Director:
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Ray Rigby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1965 (France) See more »
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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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Oswald Morris obituary
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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!
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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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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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In Sidney Lumet's autobiography "Making Movies", the director recalled suffering through the horrendous heat of the location and asking Sean Connery if he was urinating at all, to which Connery's reply was "Only in the morning".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ossie Davis strips to his shorts, the style of shorts changes from the time he leaves the cell block to the time he gets to the commandant's office.See more »
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SSgt. Williams:Don't talk back, you different-coloured bastard!See more »
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99 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
AN UNKNOWN CLASSIC, 8 December 2001
Author: Darryl Cox (DD-931) from Norman, Oklahoma

I can't think of a film less appreciated than this one. The tragedy of THE HILL began with its horribly botched release in 1965 - a textbook example of studio stupidity. On the other side of the equation, film purists who were worshipping at the alter of goofs like Godard's "Alphaville" turned up their noses at this movie because it starred the "lightweight" commercial actor Sean Connery. Jesus wept.

It is absolutely amazing that this movie is so uncompromisingly British while being directed by the so-called "New York" director Sidney Lumet. The man's a genius. And less you wonder, I lived for three years in England (1966-69) and am a World War II buff, so I have reason to testify to its authenticity. And for Sean Connery, at the height of his popularity (He was the Number One box office draw the year this movie came out), to play the character of SGT. Joe Roberts, sans toupee, and without the typical "movie star out" for his character - see the movie and compare it to THE LAST CASTLE, and you'll know what I mean - is nothing short of stunning.

Can you tell I love this movie? There's not a false moment in it. And the acting! Besides Connery, there are great performances by Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ian Hendry, Ossie Davis...and oh yeah, every other person in the cast. Is it hard to understand the accents sometimes? Sure. But it's nothing that can't be overcome by simply paying attention when you watch this film.

And what does this movie say about the military mindset, the lust for power, racism, the duality of heroism and cowardice, the dangers of unquestioning loyalty, and more? A whole helluva lot more than 99% of the other movies - and theatrical plays - that you'll ever see.

I'll just finish by saying you are missing so much if you don't see this movie. You'll come out of it seeing things a little differently than you ever did before. And that's all you can possibly ask from a movie.

Come on, people. Let's get in the votes on THE HILL to get it into the IMDB Top 250 movie list. My vote: a 10.

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