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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:
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 ...
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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. 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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Although he is seen wearing an AIF uniform, Colonel Robinson is often mistaken for an Englishman due to his accent, which is in fact a clipped Anglo-Australian accent typical of the time and not a deliberate attempt to mislead the audience. See more »


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 »


[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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Music by Johann Strauss
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Nearly flawless
30 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

There is not a lot wrong with this movie. The entire thing seems authentic

  • meaning you feel like you're in Australia in 1915. You are living on a

farm, running in a race and ultimately in a war.

What is also very extraordinary is that there is not really a lot that happens, there is barely a plot. But it doesn't matter, because Peter Weir is a master storyteller. The actors are all superb and your heart may hurt at the climax - mine did.

Unforgettable, like all great movies.

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