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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)
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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:
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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From a legend we'll always remember comes a story you'll never forget. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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At the time of filming, Peter Weir felt that his young star, Mel Gibson, was "full of beans, and really with no grand career ambitions." See more »

Goofs

The movie opens with young Archy Hamilton running a 100-yard practice sprint at dawn, with his uncle keeping time with a stopwatch. After Archy finishes the race, his uncle shows him the watch and Archy's time is just under 10 seconds (9.58 seconds). If one times Archy's sprint, however, it actually consumes about 15 seconds of screen time. See more »

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[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 On Location with Robbery Under Arms (1985) See more »

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AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE
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***1/2 out of ****
15 August 2002 | by kyle_cSee all my reviews

"Gallipoli" is a great little war film that is rarely mentioned, but one that can certainly stand up to the likes of "Saving Private Ryan" and movies of the big budget blockbuster kind. It tells the story of Archy (Mark Lee), a young Australian runner, and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson), another runner. Both of them have great potential as runners, and they meet at a race where Archy beats Frank. Archy is running off to join World War I, and when it is revealed at the enlistment office that he is underage, Frank takes him to Perth to sign up there. Frank has no intention of joining the war, because he doesn't want to die for a cause that isn't really an Australian one. (An early Mel Gibson movie that takes an anti-British stance) Eventually he decides to join, and the rest of the story follows the two men in their various encounters throughout the war.

The story is well told, focusing on the development of the two main characters rather than battle sequences. The two contrast each other. Frank is worldly, and cynical, not ready to die for a foolish cause, while Archy is naive and idealistic. It is an excellent study the way the two personalities react to the war.

"Gallipoli" will rarely be mentioned in the same breath as most of the most famous war movies, but it is certainly one of the best at revealing the humanity that exists at the front lines. It is a well made film, and an extremely moving story.


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