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The Lighthorsemen (1987)

PG | | War, Drama | 8 April 1988 (USA)
In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Phelps ...
Dave Mitchell
Nick Waters ...
Lighthorse Sergeant
John Larking ...
Station Master
John Heywood ...
Dave's Dad
Di O'Connor ...
Dave's Mum
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Reichert
Ralph Cotterill ...
Gen. Friedrich von Kressenstein
Bill Kerr ...
Grant Piro ...
Charlie
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Col. Murray Bourchier
Serge Lazareff ...
Rankin
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Frank
John Walton ...
Tas
Tim McKenzie ...
Chiller
Jon Blake ...
Scotty
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Storyline

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water? Written by David Stanko

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The Lighthorsemen are coming... and nothing can stop them. See more »

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War | Drama

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8 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jinetes de leyenda  »

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AUD 10,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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First Australian movie about the Light Horse regiment since 40,000 Horsemen (1940) about forty-six years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Hey, Scotty, you're not Scotch, are you?
Scotty: No.
Dave: Then, why do they call you Scotty?
[Scotty thinks]
Scotty: Cause I'm Irish.
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AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE
Music and lyrics by W.W. 'Skipper' Francis
By Arrangement with Allans Music (Australia) Pty. Limited
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Clichéd but impressively mounted
29 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Lighthorseman was a film I hated when I saw it years ago, but which I was overly harsh about. It's not a great film by a long shot, but it is extremely well directed by Simon Wincer in the days when he was the go-to guy for anything with horses, extremely well edited and quite beautifully photographed by Dean Semler in vivid colour. Retelling the Australian Light Horse's famous charge on Beersheba in WW1, the subject of the earlier and generally superior propaganda picture 40,000 Horsemen, it desperately wants to be another Gallipoli, but despite lavish production values is let down by a script that covers the history well enough but doesn't give us particularly well-drawn characters to care about – the mates the film focuses on may well be based on real people, but they play as pure stereotypes. As a result there's not much emotional pull. Indeed, the most touching scene is when Sigrid Thornton fakes a letter to a non-existent soldier to add a touch of credibility to some false documents to be 'captured' by the Turks. However, the pre-CGI carnage of the final charge is genuinely impressive stuff and well worth waiting for.


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