IMDb > Gallipoli (1981)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Gallipoli (1981) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 31 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
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.


User Rating:
7.5/10   26,841 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Peter Weir (story)
David Williamson (screenplay)
View company contact information for Gallipoli on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
28 August 1981 (USA) See more »
Peter Weir's film of...Gallipoli See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not in top 250?? See more (118 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mark Lee ... Archy Hamilton
William Henry Kerr ... Jack (as Bill Kerr)
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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
110 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The movie opens with young Archy Hamilton running a 100-yard practice sprint at dawn, with his uncle keeping time with a stopwatch. After Archy finishes the race, his uncle shows him the watch and Archy's time is just under 10 seconds (9.58 seconds). If one times Archy's sprint, however, it actually consumes about 15 seconds of screen time.See more »
[first lines]
Jack:[to Archy] Deeper. Come on, deeper, deeper.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
If England wants a hand, well, here it isSee more »


What happened afterwards?
What was the Gallipoli offensive?
Why was this film so controversial?
See more »
41 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Not in top 250??, 26 September 2006
Author: SpringsNoir from United States

I taught HS history and used very few commercial movies in teaching...the exceptions included GALLIPOLI and PATHS OF GLORY and the newer remake of ALL QUIET. I've never watched a film that builds plot, mood and theme any better than Gallipoli. While there are many light-hearted and humorous forays which add to character development, the ongoing drum-beat of the film is war, war, war--attack, attack, attack. I can't imagine any better musical score or musical editing:the juxtaposition of elegant Strauss waltzes the night before debarkation with the funereal Adagio as the troops cross the water is genius. I'm surprised that we haven't seen more of Marc Lee-the idealistic Archie. He does a wonderful job along with a VERY young Mel Gibson. When I showed the movie to my classes I was careful to watch THE STUDENTS as the final scenes arrived rather than the film. Now THAT was telling! I absolutely commend this film to all! (ADDED)BTW...Brits---try not to take the criticism of the military operation as criticism of YOU...I think the entire film was meant to be an indictment of war as an instrument of national policy. Your very own John Keegan observed that once wars begin, they have a way of creating their own momentum and justification. It's for this reason that Herodotus said that "all wars are popular in their inception". The film, as I viewed it, was about the futility of war, the fixation of military commanders to fix the "previous war" and the price we pay for stupidity. The lesson should not be lost on the US in Iraq either.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (118 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Gallipoli (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
500,000 Dead And For What? harrytrue
How did Major Barton discover Archie's true identity? arseydarcy-285-454147
Enlistment blaircam
Less serious, putting on the dog. ianprl
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Lighthorsemen Australia Lawrence of Arabia Munich The English Patient
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb Australia section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.