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Gallipoli (1981)

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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

David Williamson (screenplay), Peter Weir (story)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Lee ... Archy Hamilton
Bill Kerr ... Jack
Harold Hopkins ... Les McCann
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ... Zac (as Charles Yunupingu)
Heath Harris ... Stockman
Ron Graham Ron Graham ... Wallace Hamilton
Gerda Nicolson Gerda Nicolson ... Rose Hamilton
Mel Gibson ... Frank Dunne
Robert Grubb ... Billy
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Barney
David Argue ... Snowy
Brian Anderson Brian Anderson ... Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ... Athletics Official 1
Jack Giddy Jack Giddy ... Athletics Official 2
Dane Peterson Dane Peterson ... Announcer
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Storyline

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 Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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75 years after the landing at Gallipoli, a major motion picture returns to the big screen . . . [1989 Australian re-release] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galipolje See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,757, 30 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,732,587
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The distinctive "Australian accent" actually didn't emerge until after WWI. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: What are your legs?
Archy Hamilton: Springs. Steel springs.
Jack: What are they going to do?
Archy Hamilton: Hurl me down the track.
Jack: How fast can you run?
Archy Hamilton: As fast as a leopard.
Jack: How fast are you going to run?
Archy Hamilton: As fast as a leopard!
Jack: Then let's see you do it!
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE
Performed by Skipper Francis
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Sad but true story
19 January 2005 | by fred-houptSee all my reviews

Terrific film that so succinctly sums up the passion and the innocence of the Aussie soldiers as they gave their lives up for a cause not their own, believing to the end that duty demanded that they make a good showing of themselves. This story is based in historical fact and is still discussed today as one of the most terrible follies foisted upon young men by totally incompetent military leaders. There are even worse stories that are told about the wars outcome in France and Belgium but this film captures enough of the tragedy to drive home the point of how mad all wars are.

The very young and handsome and Aussie sounding Mel Gibson is very convincing as are the entire cast. Peter Weir crafted a heart wrenching film which ends with a moment that you just can not shake from your mind. Great film and very moving.


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