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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Archy Hamilton
... Jack
... Les McCann
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ... Zac (as Charles Yunupingu)
... Stockman
Ron Graham ... Wallace Hamilton
Gerda Nicolson ... Rose Hamilton
... Frank Dunne
... Billy
Tim McKenzie ... Barney
... Snowy
Brian Anderson ... Railway Foreman
Reg Evans ... Athletics Official 1
Jack Giddy ... Athletics Official 2
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 »


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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Galipolje  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Williamson adapted his screenplay from Bill Gammage's book "The Broken Years", which is a collection of diary excerpts and letters from around one thousand soldiers, who all fought at Gallipoli. See more »

Goofs

When the young Australians ride the donkeys past the two British officers under the archway, in the first shot, looking behind the officers, there are three of them. In the next shot, looking to the front of the officers as they ride past, there are suddenly four on donkeys. 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 Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

ADAGIO IN G MINOR FOR STRINGS & ORGAN
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni
Performed by Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard
R.C.A. Records
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Nearly flawless
30 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

There is not a lot wrong with this movie. The entire thing seems authentic - meaning you feel like you're in Australia in 1915. You are living on a farm, running in a race and ultimately in a war.

What is also very extraordinary is that there is not really a lot that happens, there is barely a plot. But it doesn't matter, because Peter Weir is a master storyteller. The actors are all superb and your heart may hurt at the climax - mine did.

Unforgettable, like all great movies.


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