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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Shortly after Archie and Frank arrive at Gallipoli, they cross through the trenches to try and take what they think is a shortcut to the beach, when the soldier guarding the point informs them it's a shortcut to "the bloody cemetery." The guard is sitting beside a sign that says "Abandon hope past this point." This is a paraphrasing of "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," a famous line from fourteenth century poet Dante Alighieri's poem "Inferno", and the inscription above the gate of Hell as the poet walks through it. 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 »
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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