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