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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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28 August 1981 (USA) See more »
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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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A great anti-war film See more (115 total) »


  (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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The music Major Barton is playing the night before the attack is the famous duet from The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet, in which two men swear to remain friends and be united until death.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.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A great anti-war film, 22 September 2005
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Peter Weir has long been one of my favorite directors, and he has had a career consumed by subtle, quiet, lingering films. He can make the most banal concept seem thrilling and suspenseful; a perfect example is the Harrison Ford film "Witness." It could have easily become a stupid, insulting, exploitative "thriller." The ending is, in retrospect, quite ridiculous. But Weir has a strange ability to make anything seem realistic.

"Gallipoli" is one of his older films, from 1981, and it stars a huge cast of names - most famous today, of course, Mel Gibson...whose name is now splattered across the front of the DVD case.

The story is a true one and follows a group of young Australian men who join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, and amidst personal and emotional turmoil they must learn to band together and fight the Turkish Army.

The movie is long, as another reviewer on the site points out. But all of Weir's films are. What I didn't like about his most recent - "Master & Commander" - is that it used special effects (exteriors of ships, etc.) and action sequences (raging storms) to compensate for the slow bits... and came across (to me anyway) as quite dull and down-trodden.

"Gallipoli" is a great film - slow, subtle, low-key. It's a bit like an Australian version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys slower films and can appreciate character-driven dramas. Don't go near it if your attention span was dimming during "xXx2."

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