Gallipoli (1981)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  28 August 1981 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Mark Lee ...
Bill Kerr ...
Harold Hopkins ...
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ...
Zac (as Charles Yunupingu)
Ron Graham ...
Gerda Nicolson ...
Tim McKenzie ...
David Argue ...
Brian Anderson ...
Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ...
Athletics Official 1
Jack Giddy ...
Athletics Official 2
Dane Peterson ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Galipolje  »

Box Office


AUD 2,600,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to the popularity of the Gallipoli battlefields as a tourist destination, this film is shown nightly in a number of hostels and hotels in several towns on the peninsula. See more »


The Battle of the Nek was not a diversion for the British landing at Suvla, it was a diversion for an attack by New Zealand attack on Sari Bair. See more »


[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 The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


Music by Georges Bizet
Performed by Leopold Simoneau and Rene Bianco
Polygram Records
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Why "War on Terror" is an impossible contradiction
19 January 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A lesson still sadly unlearned by today's great "Empire" - this film builds perfectly to show that war IS terror. In 1915, as today, it is not the ruling elites that ultimately face that terror, but everyday people full of precious dreams and yet-to-be-fulfilled promise. "Gallipoli" follows the adventure of two Australian mates fighting for the British Empire in a badly-managed attack in Turkey during WW1. The deckchairs have been somewhat rearranged these days, but the message is as relevant, as chilling and as powerful as ever. A true classic.

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