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Gallipoli -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mark Lee ... Archy Hamilton
Bill Kerr ... Jack
Harold Hopkins ... Les McCann
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ... Zac (as Charles Yunupingu)

Heath Harris ... Stockman
Ron Graham ... Wallace Hamilton
Gerda Nicolson ... Rose Hamilton

Mel Gibson ... Frank Dunne

Robert Grubb ... Billy
Tim McKenzie ... Barney
David Argue ... Snowy
Brian Anderson ... Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ... Athletics Official 1
Jack Giddy ... Athletics Official 2
Dane Peterson ... Announcer
Paul Linkson ... Recruiting Officer

Jenny Lovell ... Waitress
Steve Dodd ... Billy Snakeskin
Harold Baigent ... Camel Driver
Robyn Galwey ... Mary
Don Quin ... Lionel
Phyllis Burford ... Laura
Marjorie Irving ... Gran
John Murphy ... Frank's Father

Bill Hunter ... Major Barton
Diane Chamberlain ... Mrs. Barton
Peter Ford ... Lt. Gray
Ian Govett ... Army Doctor
Geoff Parry ... Sgt. Sayers
Clive Bennington ... English Officer 1
Giles Holland-Martin ... English Officer 2
Moshe Kedem ... Egyptian Shopkeeper
John Morris ... Col. Robinson
Don Barker ... N.C.O. at Ball
Kiwi White ... Soldier on Beach
Paul Sonkkila ... Sniper
Peter Lawless ... Observer
Saltbush Baldock ... Sentry
Les Dayman ... Artillery Officer
Stan Green ... Sgt. Major
Max Wearing ... Col. White
Graham Dow ... General Gardner
Peter R. House ... Radio Officer

Directed by
Peter Weir 
Writing credits
Peter Weir (story)

David Williamson (screenplay)

Ernest Raymond  novel "Tell England" (uncredited)

Produced by
Martin Cooper .... associate producer
Ben Gannon .... associate producer
Patricia Lovell .... producer
Francis O'Brien .... executive producer
Robert Stigwood .... producer
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
Casting by
Alison Barrett 
Art Direction by
Herbert Pinter 
Makeup Department
Sash Lamey .... hair stylist
Judy Lovell .... makeup artist
Liz Michie .... hair stylist
Robern Pickering .... makeup assistant
Hamdi Rafaat .... makeup assistant: Egypt (as Hamdi Raffat)
Production Management
Su Armstrong .... production manager
Philip Hearnshaw .... unit manager
Phillip Hurst .... assistant unit manager
Ahmed Sami .... production manager: Egypt
Tim Sanders .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... second assistant director (as Steve Andrews)
Marshall Crosby .... third assistant director
Atef E-Taieb .... assistant director: Egypt (as Attef El Taieb)
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Gamal El-Damatty .... assistant director: Egypt (as Gamal El Damaty)
Robert Pendlebury .... third assistant director
Art Department
Farouk Abdel Aziz .... carpenter: Egypt
Annie Bleakley .... art department assistant
Anni Browning .... assistant art director
Rodney Callow .... carpenter
Charles Camilleri .... carpenter
Michael Chorney .... carpenter
Mahmoud El Maghrbi .... property master: Egypt
Brian Hocking .... property assistant
Anthony Lennon .... carpenter
Billy Malcolm .... scenic artist (as William Malcolm)
Jenny Miles .... second set dresser
Clark Munro .... stand-by props
Wendy Stites .... design coordinator (as Wendy Weir)
Peter Templeton .... construction manager
Nicolaas Van Roosendael .... first set dresser (as Nick Van Roosendael)
Harry Zettel .... property buyer
Sound Department
Greg Bell .... supervising sound editor
Helen Brown .... dialogue editor
Jeff Bruer .... sound effects editing assistant
Peter Burgess .... sound effects editor
Don Connolly .... sound recordist
Gethin Creagh .... second sound mixer
Peter Fenton .... dubbing mixer
Ron Purvis .... second sound mixer
Stella Savyas .... dialogue editing assistant
Joe Spinelli .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Steve Courtley .... special effects
Mont Fieguth .... special effects
David Hardie .... special effects
Bruce Henderson .... special effects
Chris Murray .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects (uncredited)
Dennis Hunt .... stunt coordinator
Vic Wilson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Farouk Abdel Aziz .... key grip: Egypt
Brian Bansgrove .... gaffer
David Burr .... focus puller
Colin Chase .... electrician
Ross Erickson .... key grip
Paul Gantner .... best boy
Ahmed Abdel Ghafar .... electrician: Egypt
Richard Merryman .... clapper loader
Robin Morgan .... grip
Yahia Rashad .... chief electrician: Egypt
Abdel Sadek .... grip: Egypt
John Seale .... camera operator
Ron Taylor .... underwater photographer
Jim Townley .... still photographer
Robert Verkerk .... assistant grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phil Eagles .... stand-by wardrobe
Graham Purcell .... assistant wardrobe coordinator
Terry Ryan .... wardrobe coordinator
Abdel Sameeh .... wardrobe assistant: Egypt
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Margaret Cardin .... negative matcher
Jeanine Chiavlo .... assistant editor (as Jeanine Chialvo)
Karen Foster .... assistant editor
Music Department
Brian May .... composer: additional music
Brian May .... conductor
Robert John .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Shawki Abu Ali .... production coordinator: Egypt
Catherine Barber .... production account assistant (as Cathy Barber)
Chele Bridger .... catering assistant
Fran Burke .... title designer
Brian Burns .... armorer
Patrick Bywalski .... assistant: Robert Stigwood
Danny Collins .... assistant to producer
Carolynne Cunningham .... production secretary
Wendy Day .... unit publicist
Bill Gammage .... military advisor
Treisha Ghent .... production accountant
Jack Giddy .... sports advisor
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Heath Harris .... wrangler
Philip Hearnshaw .... location manager
Keith Heygate .... caterer
Phillip Hurst .... assistant to location manager
Moya Iceton .... continuity
Marrianne Khory .... assistant to producer: Egypt
Greg Luke .... assistant wrangler
Michael Mavromatis .... armorer
Rupert Murdoch .... presenter
Therese O'Leary .... production assistant
Sue Parker .... production assistant
David Rowe .... machinist
Kamal Salem .... production assistant: Egypt
Tim Sanders .... assistant to location manager
Gini Smythe .... assistant: Robert Stigwood
Robert Stigwood .... presenter
Ron Stigwood .... production assistant
Ken Taylor .... catering assistant
Howard Wheatley .... production account assistant
Kristin Williamson .... researcher
Bill Willoughby .... assistant wrangler
Tony Winley .... production assistant
Larry Yeates .... armorer
Safed Younis .... crowd caller: Egypt
Crew believed to be complete

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110 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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It took 3 years for the film-makers to secure funding. The reason it took so long was because the Australian government's film agency declined to provide money for it, deeming the film to be "not commercial".See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[first lines]
Jack:[to Archy] Deeper. Come on, deeper, deeper.
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A devastating portrayal of individuals lost as many., 29 April 2005
Author: Liam Allman ( from United States

All of our characters spend the entire first half of this movie developing their personalities, and letting the audience get to know them. The cast signs up for war, considering it to be just the sport that it had been in past days. Instead, all of them, with their individual phrases, look, and persona, join a cannon-fodder army which could indeed be compared to hell itself.

One of the particular themes that shows in this movie is the replacement of conventional weapons. No longer are the glory days when a man could be shot, shake hands with his foe, and call it a day. Instead, we watch many of our innocent, sporty youths run up to "fight the turks," and barely take one step before the loud rattling of a machine gun renders him mutilated beyond all recognition. Indeed, the heroes barely comprehend the concept of death, as one of the most harrowing lines states: "Barney. He's dead. He was standin' right beside me, and I- and I though' he jus' tripped and fell. Y'know, B-barney's like that. He's- He...Was always clumsy."

Another is the use of your allies and soldiers as cannon fodder. To supposedly "let the British advance into the peninsula," the Australian troops, including our youths, are forced to run directly into the no-mans' land, being shredded into kindling while their superiors question their ability as soldiers. "Why aren't we advancing?" "But sir, all of our men, they barely get out of the holes and they die!" "I don't care. We won't win until we advance. The fight must go on."

A movie that easily sheds tears (well, I cried), Gallipoli is not necessarily a film to enjoy, but instead to reveal the dark side of the "modernized" Western World.

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