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The Lighthorsemen ()


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In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

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Dave Mitchell
Nick Waters ...
Lighthorse Sergeant
John Larking ...
Station Master
John Heywood ...
Dave's Dad
Di O'Connor ...
Dave's Mum
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Reichert
Ralph Cotterill ...
Gen. Friedrich von Kressenstein
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Gen. Sir Harry Chauvel
Grant Piro ...
Charlie
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Col. Murray Bourchier
Serge Lazareff ...
Rankin
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Frank
John Walton ...
Tas
Tim McKenzie ...
Chiller
Jon Blake ...
Scotty
Matthew Randell ...
British Sergeant
Peter Douglas ...
Cockney Lance Corporal
Patrick Frost ...
Sgt. Ted Seager
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Lawson
Jim Willoughby ...
Farrier Sergeant
Iain Strutt ...
Armourer Sergeant
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Anne
Anne Scott-Pendlebury ...
Sister
Kingsley MacDonald ...
Bugler
Brenton Whittle ...
Padre
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Maj. Richard Meinertzhagen
Anthony Hawkins ...
Allenby
David Sadler ...
Dying Turk
Michael Kitschke ...
Trooper at Ruins
John Kelly ...
British Major
Gerard Kennedy ...
Ismet Bey
Jon Sidney ...
Grant
Graham Dow ...
Hodgson
James Wright ...
Fitzgerald
Gary Stalker ...
Cpl. Nobby
Stephen Crockett ...
Chauvel's Aide
Tony Mack ...
Allenby's Sigs Officer
Scott Bradley ...
Lt. Frank Burton
Bill Stacey ...
German Artillery Officer
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Turkish Range Finder
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Turkish Officer
Mark Pretti ...
Ambulance Driver
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German Trench Officer
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Turkish Demolition Soldier
Peter Merrill ...
Young German Officer
Peter Browne ...
Arch
Terry Brittingham ...
Ambulance Officer
Ashley Cooper ...
'A' Trooper
Jason Dunn ...
Trooper In Demolition Room
Brendan Egan ...
'A' Trooper
Steve Harrison ...
'A' Trooper
Lou Horvath ...
'A' Trooper
Adrian Ireland ...
'A' Trooper
William Kerr ...
'A' Trooper
Kevin May ...
'A' Trooper
Tom Mudge ...
'A' Trooper
Ricky Noble ...
'A' Trooper
Tom O'Brien ...
'A' Trooper
Vic O'Neal ...
'A' Trooper
Johnny Raaen ...
'A' Trooper
Leo Scanders ...
'A' Trooper
Barry Stephan ...
'A' Trooper
Richard Stevens ...
'A' Trooper
Milton Stevens ...
'A' Trooper
Tamas Szegedi ...
'A' Trooper
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Daughter (uncredited)

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Simon Wincer

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Ian Jones ... ()

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Jan Bladier ... associate producer
Antony I. Ginnane ... executive producer
Ian Jones ... producer
David Lee ... associate producer
Simon Wincer ... producer

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Mario Millo

Cinematography by

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Dean Semler

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Adrian Carr

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Karen Clarke ... negative cutter
Tom Hegarty ... script editor
Tony Manning ... color timer

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Jo Larner

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Bernard Hides

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Virginia Bieneman

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David Rowe

Makeup Department

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Paul Pattison ... hair stylist
Felicity Schoeffel ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Gil Brealey ... production consultant
Phillip Corr ... production supervisor
Don Keyte ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Scott Bradley ... third assistant director
Steve Crockett ... fifth assistant director
Bob Donaldson ... first assistant director
Ian Kenny ... second assistant director
Ken Mahlab ... fourth assistant director

Art Department

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Michael Hill ... carpenter
Suza Maybury ... props maker
Ray Pedler ... scenic artist
Walter Sperl ... construction foreman

Sound Department

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Lloyd Carrick ... sound recordist
Chris Goldsmith ... boom operator
Phil Heywood ... re-recording mixer

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Steve Courtley ... special effects supervisor
Conrad Rothmann ... special effects coordinator

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Roger Cowland ... visual effects

Stunts

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Andy Clarke ... stunts
Ken Connley ... stunts
Nick Daniell ... stunt pilot
Gerald Egan ... stunts
Zev Eleftheriou ... stunts
Brian Ellison ... stunts
Lou Horvath ... stunts
Frank Lennon ... stunts
Grant Page ... stunt coordinator
Malcolm Pritchard ... stunts
Johnny Raaen ... stunts
Robert Simper ... stunts
Iain Strutt ... stunts
Tamas Szegedi ... stunts
Lloyd Ventry ... stunts
Bill Willoughby ... stunts
Jim Willoughby ... stunts

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Jasin Boland ... clapper loader
David Dunkley ... loader
Alan Dunstan ... best boy
Roydon Johnson ... focus puller
Ian Jones ... Steadicam operator
David Lindsay ... clapper loader
Merv McLaughlin ... key grip
John Morton ... gaffer
Dean Semler ... camera operator
Jim Sheldon ... still photographer

Music Department

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Mario Millo ... orchestrator
William Motzing ... conductor
Philip Powers ... soundtrack album producer
Cos Russo ... scoring assistant
Roger Savage ... music engineer / music mixer

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Gary Amos ... wrangler
John Bird ... wrangler
Gil Brealey ... production consultant
Murray Chesson ... wrangler
Andy Clarke ... wrangler
Sean Clarke ... wrangler
Joe Cooper ... wrangler
Shane Cooper ... wrangler
Daryl Dicks ... wrangler
Gerald Egan ... master of horse
Zev Eleftheriou ... safety officer
Barry Elliott ... wrangler
Kerry Fetzer ... catering assistant
Alan Fitzsimmons ... wrangler
Allen Heath ... wrangler
Chris Hocking ... wrangler
Tony Jablonski ... wrangler
Robert Johnson ... wrangler
Terry Lee ... helicopter pilot
Graham Newman ... wrangler
Ned O'Brien ... wrangler
Daphne Phillips ... wrangler
Brian Pollitt ... wrangler
Bruce Porter ... wrangler
Mark Pretti ... wrangler
Malcolm Pritchard ... wrangler
Linda Ray ... continuity
Robert Rehn ... wrangler
Trevor Stevens ... wrangler
Lloyd Ventry ... wrangler
Bill Willoughby ... master of horse
Jim Willoughby ... master of horse
Ray Winslade ... master of horse

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Plot Summary

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water? Written by David Stanko

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Taglines They did what they were told...They didn't know it was impossible. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Light Horse Men (World-wide, English title)
  • The Lighthorse Men (World-wide, English title)
  • The Light Horsemen (World-wide, English title)
  • La chevauchée de feu (France)
  • Jinetes de leyenda (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Budget AUD10,500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The characters of Anne (Sigrid Thornton) and Dave Mitchell (Peter Phelps were based on a real-life couple who got married after the end of World War I. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Palestine, October 1917 (1993). See more »
Soundtracks AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE See more »
Quotes Dave: Hey, Scotty, you're not Scotch, are you?
Scotty: No.
Dave: Then, why do they call you Scotty?
[Scotty thinks]
Scotty: Cause I'm Irish.
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