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The Lions of Gallipoli (1965)

Çanakkale aslanlari (original title)
The Cannakkale war is the beginning of the independence war and done with the strongest agreement in the world. In Canakkale not only Turkey's history but the world's history was changed. ... See full summary »

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Turgut Demirag, Nusret Eraslan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Tanju Gürsu
Ajda Pekkan
Muzaffer Tema
Atif Kaptan
Hulusi Kentmen
Senih Orkan
Ahmet Kostarika Ahmet Kostarika ... (as Ahmet Turgutlu)
Yavuz Karakas
Talat Gözbak
Haluk Kurtoglu Haluk Kurtoglu
Ferdi Merter Ferdi Merter
Haydar Karaer
Asim Nipton
Ilhan Hemseri
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The Cannakkale war is the beginning of the independence war and done with the strongest agreement in the world. In Canakkale not only Turkey's history but the world's history was changed. On the 18th of March, the effort of the battle ship to cross the bosphorus of Canakkale was over. The entente states navy lost too much and after 38 days when the 25th of April came they started the land war. The unity ordered by Mustafa Kemal stopped the occupation forces in Conk slope. This Victory became the awakening of our nation. Canakkale is the borning of one nation. The spirit of struggle which started the independence war was born in Canakkale and the seed of national fight became green in Canakkale.

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

25 October 1965 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lions of Canakkale See more »

Filming Locations:

Çanakkale, Turkey

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Visually impressive Gallipoli film, and that's all you'll get
5 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE LIONS OF CANAKKALE is a film about the Gallipoli campaign from the Turkish perspective. Thus the aggressors are the Anzacs and the British and the heroes of the hour are the Turks themselves, staunchly defending their homeland against the foreign oppressors and often fighting it out until the last man. It's a tale of courage under fire and heroism on the battlefield.

What's most impressive about this production is the scope of it. The battle scenes are lavish and convincing with hundreds of extras utilised to give the film a ring of authenticity. I'm not sure if stock footage was incorporated to make the battles more realistic but they certainly impress here.

The main problem with the film is the lack of a decent script offering the kind of characterisation that's a necessity in these movies. There are no real characters here, just one-dimensional figures going through the motions. The film is about spectacle and bombast and the Turkish director is more interested in depictions of machismo than in real living and breathing figures. This saps the film of involvement on the viewer's part. The direction is also very standard with a stand-back-and-shoot approach to the cinematography which means that for all the extras and explosions it's a very ordinary war film regardless.


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