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Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

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In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.

Director:

Jeremy Sims (as Jeremy Hartley Sims)

Writer:

David Roach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Cowell ... Oliver Woodward
Alan Dukes Alan Dukes ... Jim Sneddon
Alex Thompson Alex Thompson ... Walter Sneddon
Harrison Gilbertson ... Frank Tiffin
Duncan Young Duncan Young ... Tom Dwyer
Steve Le Marquand ... Bill Fraser
Gyton Grantley ... Norman Morris
Warwick Young ... Percy Marsden
Mark Coles Smith ... Billy Bacon
Martin Thomas ... Ginger O'Donnell
Oliver Leimbach Oliver Leimbach ... Screaming Soldier
Anthony Hayes ... William McBride
Leon Ford ... Lt. Robert Clayton
Fletcher Illidge Fletcher Illidge ... Colin Waddell
Morgan Illidge Morgan Illidge ... Gordon Waddell
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Storyline

The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War. Written by David Roach

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After Gallipoli there was still a war to be won See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war and violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 April 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath Hill 60 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,440,939, 31 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tunnelers can be seen using modified cut-down Lee Enfield service rifles. This would have been done to allow the tunnelers to use a higher caliber weapon in addition to, or in lieu of, their revolvers. See more »

Goofs

In the attack on the Red House, Morris is holding and aiming his Lee-Enfield rifle left-handed. Soldiers during WWI and subsequently were always trained to fire the Lee-Enfield right-handed as the bolt is on the right, which is difficult to operate when firing left-handed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Episode #2.8 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Mademoiselle from Armentieres
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Tune - traditional; source of English lyrics unknown
Sung by Australian soldiers with modified bawdy lyrics
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This one passes the test
26 August 2010 | by milbankjSee all my reviews

A fine movie. Not a masterpiece, because such movies are non-existent; consequently, I don't go looking for such a thing. My test is that if a movie reaches or exceeds my expectations, it succeeds. In my book, this beats "The Hurt Locker" hands down-- which may not mean anything to those who disliked that Oscar winner. Perhaps foolishly, because of the Oscar hype, I had expectations of THL which were not met. So it failed. "Beneath Hill 60" does not. It's more realistic, more accurate, more tension-filled, and not at all pretentious. No need for me to repeat the plot outlines that others have mentioned. But I will declare that the above-ground battlefield and underground scenes-- the wet, the mud, the cold, the misery-- are amazing for their reality. And they were shot mostly in tropical north Queensland.


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