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Gallipoli -- Mel Gibson delivers an electrifying performance in director Peter Weir's (The Truman Show, Witness) compelling story of friendship and adventure between two Australian soldiers in 1915.
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)
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Peter Weir was inspired to make the film after visiting a World War I battle site. Originally he and writer David Williamson planned to encompass the entire Gallipoli campaign from all sides but instead opted to focus on one small group of characters who would be able to humanize the whole tragedy.See more »
Anachronisms: 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:[to Archy] Deeper. Come on, deeper, deeper.
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Where Australia Became A Nation, 18 June 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A stranger seeing the title Gallipoli might think one was going to view a kind of docudrama along the lines of The Longest Day. That's certainly a film waiting to be made. Instead one's going to see the friendship of two sprinters, Mark Lee and Mel Gibson, and how they join the Australian Army which sent a lot of its best and brightest to fight in a faraway war in Europe which really Australia had nothing to do with.

Australia was a nation at that point for only 14 years in 1915. The various colonies and the great unsettled middle united and achieved independence from Great Britain in 1901. It had developed no real traditions as a nation up to that point. The USA had some similar growth pangs, many historians hold that we didn't become a nation really until the end of the Civil War.

The Aussie fascination with sports is shown here. Part of the recent frontier tradition is the explanation usually given. Mark Lee is a sprinter, training to represent Australia in the Olympics to come. Mel Gibson is also a sprinter, but takes a rather more casual attitude towards it. Reference is made to Harry Lascelles who was an Australian track star of the period. In fact Lee when he enlists adopts that as a last name and lies about his age. In Australia sports stars aren't just athletes with inflated egos and paychecks like they are in America. From Harry Lascelles, to Rod Laver, to Murray Rose, right down to Ian Thorpe, these people are national icons.

Gibson and Lee's army service and the Gallipoli campaign only occupy a third of the film. In the next World War, Winston Churchill who had a big hand in conceiving this operation called the landings at Anzio a "beached whale". The difference there though was that eventually the Allied Armies did hook up with the Anzio beachhead in a few months. You had a similar beached whale at ANZAC cove on the Gallipoli peninsula with Aussie and Kiwi troops from the ANZAC countries with these troops established on a beachhead, but unable to move in any direction.

The idea behind Gallipoli was to seize it and march forward and seize control of the straights of the Dardenelles and Bosporus so supplies to Russia would get through and knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. To rescue this operation which was in trouble, the Allied commander Sir Ian Hamilton landed another army at Suvla Bay on the other side of the peninsula. Those two armies never hooked up and now there were two beached whales on Gallipoli and no other Allied Army looking to hook up with them.

It's this particular action and what happens to Gibson and Lee as two of the thousands still stuck at ANZAC cove that is the heart of the story.

Mel Gibson of course became an international star shortly. I'm surprised Mark Lee didn't though he's had a successful career in Australia. In fact I was most impressed by the touching performance he delivers here.

All the young men who died in that operation who bonded together on those beachheads and those who survived took back a national identity with them. No one was from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Territory etc. they were all Aussies now, but it was a terrible price. And in a war that really had nothing to do with Australia. That fact entered into the thinking in Australia and New Zealand come the second war when there was very much a threat to the continent/island nation's very existence. Bitter lessons from Gallipoli impressed on that generation of Australia's best and brightest.

Though a Longest Day type film about Gallipoli should be made, this one will do quite nicely. I recommend it highly, especially for us Yanks who want to know what makes a great nation tick.

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