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Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

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In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.


(as Jeremy Hartley Sims)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Woodward
Jim Sneddon
Alex Thompson ...
Walter Sneddon
Frank Tiffin
Duncan Young ...
Tom Dwyer
Bill Fraser
Norman Morris
Percy Marsden
Martin Thomas ...
Ginger O'Donnell
Oliver Leimbach ...
Screaming Soldier
William McBride
Lt. Robert Clayton
Fletcher Illidge ...
Colin Waddell
Morgan Illidge ...
Gordon Waddell


The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War. Written by David Roach

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Based on an extraordinary true story See more »


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war and violence and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

15 April 2010 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Beneath Hill 60  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The box that Tiffin makes for Captain Oliver Woodward, as shown in the movie, was the actual box that was made in the trenches during the war. The Woodward family still has this box and gave the cast and crew permission to use it for the film. See more »


The scene where Jim Sneddon is buried by his mates, the grave site, the soil from it, as well as the entire surrounding area, is completely dry despite the depiction of consistent drenching rain for days on end. See more »


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Mademoiselle from Armentieres
Tune - traditional; source of English lyrics unknown
Sung by Australian soldiers with modified bawdy lyrics
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better than I expected
5 May 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There are many war films, but some stand out. This is definitely one of them.

The story builds slowly in the first part of the film, and we get an insight into the main characters and the conditions they had to endure. The latter part develops further as they head towards the Battle of Messines Ridge.

The battle scenes were made as realistic as possible, intermingled with flashbacks to Capt. Woodwards life back home, and the circumstances surrounding his enlistment into the mining battalion.

An outstanding movie....!

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