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Gallipoli (1981)

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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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 ...
David Argue ...
Snowy
Brian Anderson ...
Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ...
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Jack Giddy ...
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Dane Peterson ...
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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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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75 years after the landing at Gallipoli, a major motion picture returns to the big screen . . . [1989 Australian re-release] 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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2.35 : 1
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Carries the disclaimer: "Although based on events which took place on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, the characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious." See more »

Goofs

When the ANZAC artillery begins firing on the Turkish trenches just before the climatic battle scene, the guns do not kick back and some have bits of rust around the muzzle edges which indicate that the artillery pieces are not operational weapons at all for they are just popping white smoke out of the muzzles with the camera violently shaking to simulate the guns being fired. 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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Referenced in Queen of the Desert (2015) See more »

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ROSES FROM THE SOUTH
Music by Johann Strauss
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A great anti-war film
22 September 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Peter Weir has long been one of my favorite directors, and he has had a career consumed by subtle, quiet, lingering films. He can make the most banal concept seem thrilling and suspenseful; a perfect example is the Harrison Ford film "Witness." It could have easily become a stupid, insulting, exploitative "thriller." The ending is, in retrospect, quite ridiculous. But Weir has a strange ability to make anything seem realistic.

"Gallipoli" is one of his older films, from 1981, and it stars a huge cast of names - most famous today, of course, Mel Gibson...whose name is now splattered across the front of the DVD case.

The story is a true one and follows a group of young Australian men who join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, and amidst personal and emotional turmoil they must learn to band together and fight the Turkish Army.

The movie is long, as another reviewer on the site points out. But all of Weir's films are. What I didn't like about his most recent - "Master & Commander" - is that it used special effects (exteriors of ships, etc.) and action sequences (raging storms) to compensate for the slow bits... and came across (to me anyway) as quite dull and down-trodden.

"Gallipoli" is a great film - slow, subtle, low-key. It's a bit like an Australian version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys slower films and can appreciate character-driven dramas. Don't go near it if your attention span was dimming during "xXx2."


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