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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.


Peter Weir


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





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


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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Did You Know?


One of the producers was media mogul Rupert Murdoch. His father, Keith, had been a journalist in World War I. He visited Gallipoli briefly in September 1915, and became an influential agitator against how the British top brass had conducted themselves during the battle. See more »


The Australian flags hung against the walls are "up side down" - the union flag should always be in the top left hand corner regardless of being displayed horizontally or vertically. The flags shown at the beginning of the film all have the union flag at the top right. See more »


[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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Written by Jean-Michel Jarre
Polygram Records
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How fast can you run?
30 April 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Filmed in a period of cinematographic transition, between, on the first hand, the old Hollywood productions like The Longest Day (Ken Annakin and 4 others, 1962), A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough, 1977) or The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963) sometimes completely disconnected from the reality and the atrocities perpetrated on the battlefield by both sides and, on the other hand, darker and immeasurably more realistic productions from the late 70s, such as Come and See (Elem Klimov, 1985), The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978), Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981) and Le vieux fusil (Robert Enrico, 1975).

Indeed, if the first part of this movie is of a distressing insouciance, the two main protagonists striving to leave Australia to join the peninsula of Gallipoli, Turkey, like two children expecting their next summer camp, the second part is cold and raw, unbridled and cruel. In this respect, the film is appropriately lulled by the album Oxygène (Jean-Michel Jarre, 1976) for the sequences full of hope and carefree, camaraderie and friendship and the adagio of Albinoni (Remo Giazotto, 1945) for the poignant sequences of courage and sacrifice.

A moving film with a neat realization and an excellent cast.

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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


AUD2,600,000 (estimated)

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2.39 : 1
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