Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  15 April 2010 (Australia)
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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:
Brendan Cowell ...
Oliver Woodward
Jim Sneddon
Alex Thompson ...
Walter Sneddon
Frank Tiffin
Duncan Young ...
Tom Dwyer
Bill Fraser
Gyton Grantley ...
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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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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2.35 : 1
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A camouflet is an artificial cavern created by an explosion. If the explosion reaches the surface then it is called a crater. 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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Everyone should see this
23 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An outstanding portrayal of the Messines Ridge battles - a part of the overall series of battles in WWI around Ypres in Belgium. Anyone who knows anything about WWI will recognize the incredible fighting and human misery surrounding the 3 major Ypres battles. For a great depiction of these battles - read A Storm in Flanders - by Winston Groom -one of the best histories of the Great War.

The movie works on all levels - some of the other reviews state that Aussies should see this - I disagree - everyone who is interested in how the free world defended against German aggression need to see this. I am a WWI junkie, but I believe this movie will appeal to a very wide audience.

A few of the good points: Realism - this movie focuses on many small details which give it great credibility: clipping canaries nails; covering your coffee cup when there is an explosion (to keep dirt from falling in); continual rain and mud (can you say Passchendaele?) ; unbelievable living conditions; the cat and mouse game being played under ground where both sides were trying to discover the others mines; prejudice against the miners/sappers as not being real soldiers; and the death of the father (you'll see what I mean).

This is one of the finest war movies I have seen (and I've seen a lot.) I really hope you will take this one in. Then, the next time you are in London - go to the Imperial War Museum for an in depth look at WWI & II. Cheers DonB

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