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
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 »
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 »
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes:
What were you doing before the war?
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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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 »
Just a really terrific movie. Great job, Russell Crowe.
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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