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(1981)

Plot Summary

  • 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 whose ally Germany had organized the defenses along the peninsula, Kemal Ataturk comes to the fore during this campaign.

    - Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>
  • World War I, 1915. Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee), a rising-star sprinter, sets aside his dreams to join the Australian Light Horse Division to fight in the war. He runs into fellow sprinter Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson), whom he convinces to join up with him. Unable to enter the Light Horse due to his inability to ride a horse, Frank is sent to Infantry, where he encounters some old buddies. Training commences, and Frank and Archy run into each other. With a special transfer to the Light Horse, Frank and Archy are sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula to fight the Turks. What they encounter shakes their beliefs about war. Can they survive the massacre?

    - Written by Amy Gallant
  • A promising track star's running career is interrupted by Australia's entrance into World War I. Archy is an excellent candidate for the Olympics, and coached by his Uncle Jack - "How fast can you run?" "As fast as a leopard!" - he nonetheless abandons his athletic pursuits in order to do the patriotic thing - join up.

    - Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>
  • 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.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm

Synopsis

Western Australia, May 1915. 18-year-old Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) is an idealistic young Australian rancher with a talent for running sprints...

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