An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Director:

Russell Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Connor
Olga Kurylenko ... Ayshe
Yilmaz Erdogan ... Major Hasan
Cem Yilmaz ... Sgt. Jemal
Jai Courtney ... Lt Colonel Hughes
Dylan Jett ... Orhan (as Dylan Georgiades)
Steve Bastoni ... Omer
Isabel Lucas ... Natalia
Salih Kalyon ... Dr. Ibrahim
Megan Gale ... Fatma
Ryan Corr ... Art
James Peter Fraser ... Edward (as James Fraser)
Ben O'Toole ... Henry
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Eliza
Jack Patterson Jack Patterson ... Young Art
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Storyline

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding onto hope, he must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a Turkish Officer, himself a veteran of the battles. Written by Rose

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Taglines:

To honour a promise. To find his sons. To make his peace. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence including some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Torrential rains turned the set battlefield trenches sets into sludge, which forced a temporary halt to filming due to safety concerns. Production designer Christopher Kennedy's crew reinforced the trench walls to avoid collapse, protecting the cast, crew, and equipment. See more »

Goofs

On the battlefield, right before Art shoots Henry, Art takes a look at his dead brother Edward. The first close up of the face shows that the face is completely shot off, including the eyes. The second close up (a little bit further away from the body) shows the face, but here it is less damaged, e.g. the right eye isn't damaged. See more »

Quotes

Lt-Col Cyril Hughes: What were you doing before the war?
Major Hasan: This is Ottoman Empire, there is no such a thing as before the war here. But in another life I was an architect.
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Crazy Credits

The final credit is a congratulatory well done to the South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Football Club winning the NRL Premiership in 2014. Russell Crowe supports, and owns 37.5% of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, which is most likely the reason why the credit was included. See more »

Connections

Featured in Projector: The Water Diviner/A Little Chaos (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Was My Alibi
Written by Russell Crowe, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark
Lead Vocals by Kristoffer Fogelmark
All instruments played and performed by Carl Falk
Produced by Carl Falk
Publisher: Gruntland Pty Ltd (APRA), SK Music admin. By Kobalt Control (STIM)
(c) 2014 Model 101 Records
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Just a really terrific movie. Great job, Russell Crowe.
26 December 2014 | by mailes22See all my reviews

Not going to give it 10 out of 10 stars, because you should always save your 10. However, this movie is close to perfect. Very loosely based on what might have been a true story (a war record that mentioned that 'only one father came looking for his sons' at Gallipoli after the war). Really well acted. The war scenes conveyed some of the horror without being gratuitous in the violence or gore. There was some shown, but only briefly, and really just enough to set the scenes. The movie is well- paced, well edited and doesn't drag. The lead actors (including the young Turkish boy) were all perfectly cast. At the start of the 100th anniversary year of the Gallipoli landings, this is a story that was well worth telling. Great job, Russell Crowe.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Turkish | Greek | Russian

Release Date:

26 December 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Water Diviner See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,220,335, 26 April 2015

Gross USA:

$4,196,641

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,176,317
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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