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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

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Mark Lee ...
Bill Kerr ...
Harold Hopkins ...
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ...
Zac (as Charles Yunupingu)
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Ron Graham ...
Gerda Nicolson ...
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Tim McKenzie ...
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The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army whose ally Germany had organized the defenses along the peninsula, Kemal Ataturk comes to the fore during this campaign. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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horse | gallipoli | peninsula | anzac | turk | See more »

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28 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Galipolje  »

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AUD 2,600,000 (estimated)
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The music Major Barton is playing the night before the attack is the famous duet from The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet, in which two men swear to remain friends and be united until death. See more »

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In the pub scene when they are about to leave for Gallipoli there are flags on the wall of the Allies - France, Britain, and Australia. There is also a flag of the United States. The battle of Gallipoli occurred in 1915, but the United States did not enter the war until April 6, 1917. It was neutral in 1915, and traded with both the Allied and Central Powers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: What are your legs?
Archy Hamilton: Springs. Steel springs.
Jack: What are they going to do?
Archy Hamilton: Hurl me down the track.
Jack: How fast can you run?
Archy Hamilton: As fast as a leopard.
Jack: How fast are you going to run?
Archy Hamilton: As fast as a leopard!
Jack: Then let's see you do it!
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TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS
Music by Johann Strauß (as Johann Strauss)
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A devastating portrayal of individuals lost as many.
29 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All of our characters spend the entire first half of this movie developing their personalities, and letting the audience get to know them. The cast signs up for war, considering it to be just the sport that it had been in past days. Instead, all of them, with their individual phrases, look, and persona, join a cannon-fodder army which could indeed be compared to hell itself.

One of the particular themes that shows in this movie is the replacement of conventional weapons. No longer are the glory days when a man could be shot, shake hands with his foe, and call it a day. Instead, we watch many of our innocent, sporty youths run up to "fight the turks," and barely take one step before the loud rattling of a machine gun renders him mutilated beyond all recognition. Indeed, the heroes barely comprehend the concept of death, as one of the most harrowing lines states: "Barney. He's dead. He was standin' right beside me, and I- and I though' he jus' tripped and fell. Y'know, B-barney's like that. He's- He...Was always clumsy."

Another is the use of your allies and soldiers as cannon fodder. To supposedly "let the British advance into the peninsula," the Australian troops, including our youths, are forced to run directly into the no-mans' land, being shredded into kindling while their superiors question their ability as soldiers. "Why aren't we advancing?" "But sir, all of our men, they barely get out of the holes and they die!" "I don't care. We won't win until we advance. The fight must go on."

A movie that easily sheds tears (well, I cried), Gallipoli is not necessarily a film to enjoy, but instead to reveal the dark side of the "modernized" Western World.


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