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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Cowell ...
Oliver Woodward
Alan Dukes ...
Jim Sneddon
Alex Thompson ...
Walter Sneddon
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Frank Tiffin
Duncan Young ...
Tom Dwyer
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Bill Fraser
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Norman Morris
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Percy Marsden
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Martin Thomas ...
Ginger O'Donnell
Oliver Leimbach ...
Screaming Soldier
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William McBride
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Lt. Robert Clayton
Fletcher Illidge ...
Colin Waddell
Morgan Illidge ...
Gordon Waddell
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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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After Gallipoli there was still a war to be won See more »

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Rated R for some war and violence and language | See all certifications »
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15 April 2010 (Australia)  »

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Beneath Hill 60  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The name Waddell is mispronounced with the second syllable stressed, WadDELL. As a Scottish name it should be pronounced with stress in the first syllable in the same way and sound as the verb waddle (as in waddle like duck), i.e. WODdell. See more »

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Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Episode #2.8 (2009) See more »

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Mademoiselle from Armentieres
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Tune - traditional; source of English lyrics unknown
Sung by Australian soldiers with modified bawdy lyrics
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Beneath Hill 60 is a gem.
18 May 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film should be seen by all Australians. It is authentic and extremely well acted; no overacting and no gilding the lily. Take a box of tissues. As an indication of how special this movie was, at the end while the credits were playing, everyone except two people remained in their seats for the entire running time of the credits and the upper part of the theatre was full. I would like to encourage younger people to see it; young people like those who visit Gallipoli would appreciate its significance. It depicts the true nature of the first world war and also depicts the essence of the Australian character; free-spirited, somewhat disrespectful of officer ranks until said officers earn respect. WWI was not like other wars; though the very awfulness of the trenches is obvious, the movie dwells just enough but not too much on this aspect. I hope it is successful overseas though I cannot imagine the British going to see it in large numbers, nor the Americans. The British are gently lampooned once or twice and would not take kindly to this, and the Americans do not get a look in at all so they would not be likely to be motivated to see it. However, if they did, I think they would appreciate it.


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