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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
David Argue ...
Snowy
Brian Anderson ...
Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ...
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Dane Peterson ...
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Storyline

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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From a place you've never heard of, comes a story you'll never forget . See more »


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28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Galipolje  »

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AUD 2,600,000 (estimated)
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David Williamson adapted his screenplay from Bill Gammage's book "The Broken Years" which is a collection of diary excerpts and letters from around 1000 soldiers who all fought at Gallipoli. See more »

Goofs

In the movie it is stated that a person had to be 21 years old to enlist. According to the Australian War Memorial website for enlistment, in 1914 the age requirements were 18-35 years old, and in 1915 the age requirements were 18-45 years old. 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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If England wants a hand, well, here it is
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Written by Charles Vaude & Joe Slater
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Sad but true story
19 January 2005 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

Terrific film that so succinctly sums up the passion and the innocence of the Aussie soldiers as they gave their lives up for a cause not their own, believing to the end that duty demanded that they make a good showing of themselves. This story is based in historical fact and is still discussed today as one of the most terrible follies foisted upon young men by totally incompetent military leaders. There are even worse stories that are told about the wars outcome in France and Belgium but this film captures enough of the tragedy to drive home the point of how mad all wars are.

The very young and handsome and Aussie sounding Mel Gibson is very convincing as are the entire cast. Peter Weir crafted a heart wrenching film which ends with a moment that you just can not shake from your mind. Great film and very moving.


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