After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
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 might of the Turkish army. Written by
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Peter Weir was inspired to make the film after visiting a World War I battle site. Originally he and writer David Williamson planned to encompass the entire Gallipoli campaign from all sides but instead opted to focus on one small group of characters who would be able to humanize the whole tragedy. See more »
During the assaults on the Turkish trenches at Gallipoli many of the Australian army's bayonets are obviously made of rubber - they bend and flap quite noticeably. See more »
The Australian classic, handling a subject that is a significant part of Australian history and culture. The characters are heart-felt and sincere, without the standard mawkishness of American movies. They reflect the underdog, larrakin nature of the traditional Aussie spirit. This is the closest most Australians get to a blatant flag-waving exercise, so let us enjoy it! It certainly helps make ANZAC Day ceremonies a lot more meaningful to the younger generations, who need full-color pictures to help visualize the events. Of course it shouldn't be taken as a documentary, but I have heard that most war veterans approved of the dramatization.
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