A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.
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.Written by
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The war movie 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) set during World War One features a pacifist character who does not kill. In the later Australian feature film, 'Hacksaw Ridge' (2016), it featured a central character who was also a pacifist character, with his pacifism in World War Two being the major theme in the picture. 'Hacksaw Ridge' (2016) was made and first released almost thirty years after 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) (twenty-nine to be exact) and was directed by Mel Gibson who had starred in the classic Australian feature film about World War One, 'Gallipoli' (1981), which was directed by Peter Weir. Both 'Gallipoli' (1981) and 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) shared two major filming locations of Port Lincoln and the Flinders Ranges which are both located in South Australia. Both 'Gallipoli' (1981) and 'Hacksaw Ridge' (2016) won several AFI / AACTA Australian film awards, including Best Film, with 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987) winning a couple of AFI awards, the same number as 'Hacksaw Ridge' (2016) won Oscars. See more »
When the Sargent gives the command 'Load!' to the Light Horse soldiers prior to the mock trench attack, the 'soldier' at his feet doesn't move. See more »
I taught HS history and used very few commercial movies in teaching...the exceptions included GALLIPOLI and PATHS OF GLORY and the newer remake of ALL QUIET. I've never watched a film that builds plot, mood and theme any better than Gallipoli. While there are many light-hearted and humorous forays which add to character development, the ongoing drum-beat of the film is war, war, war--attack, attack, attack. I can't imagine any better musical score or musical editing:the juxtaposition of elegant Strauss waltzes the night before debarkation with the funereal Adagio as the troops cross the water is genius. I'm surprised that we haven't seen more of Marc Lee-the idealistic Archie. He does a wonderful job along with a VERY young Mel Gibson. When I showed the movie to my classes I was careful to watch THE STUDENTS as the final scenes arrived rather than the film. Now THAT was telling! I absolutely commend this film to all! (ADDED)BTW...Brits---try not to take the criticism of the military operation as criticism of YOU...I think the entire film was meant to be an indictment of war as an instrument of national policy. Your very own John Keegan observed that once wars begin, they have a way of creating their own momentum and justification. It's for this reason that Herodotus said that "all wars are popular in their inception". The film, as I viewed it, was about the futility of war, the fixation of military commanders to fix the "previous war" and the price we pay for stupidity. The lesson should not be lost on the US in Iraq either.
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