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Super Reviewer
October 19, 2009
A strong, character-building exercise amongst the backdrop of WWI and the battle of Gallipoli in Turkey, and how two young men (Mark Lee, Mel Gibson), both sprinters, become good friends in their journey to help serve in the Australian army. A buddy film for most its entirety, when it makes the hard shift over to the difficult decisions and circumstances these two characters face, we care about them and if they will survive it all. Both Lee and Gibson are excellent in their respected roles, and the film's cinematography makes for quite a different setting for war to take place in. The last scene of the movie is utterly heart-wrenching, complete with a lasting image of anti-war imagery that will stick in your mind for a long time.
Super Reviewer
April 15, 2013
Gallipoli is a superbly crafted war drama from director Peter Weir. Weir assembles a fine cast of talented actors who all give stunning performances. Gallipoli shows the chaos of the war and tells a compelling and engaging story. This is quite a different war film, and in many ways it succeeds at delivering an experience that we've never seen in the genre. The film is very well done, but lacks in accuracy. I feel that they should have done research a bit more while they were writing the script, as the accuracy of this failed campaign would surely have made this one of the definitive WWI films. As it stands this is a brilliant piece of work that could have been improved upon, but is nonetheless a well structured picture that shows the price of war. Mel Gibson is great here and you can clearly see his craft as an actor developing further with Gallipoli. The film focuses more on the cost of war than on effective action, and it pulls it off very well. Although not the definitive classic of WWI, it is one of the few films that are actually worth seeing on the subject. The acting is wonderful, and the plot is engaging from beginning to end. What makes this film stand out is the fact that is fairly subtle, yet convincing in showing the costs and chaos of war. The film will surely delight history buffs and war film buffs alike. If you want a terrific drama war film, then give this one a shot. The accuracy like I said is questionable, but it may spark an interest in the subject, which I believe is always a good thing. This is a strong effort from director Peter Weir and it is a powerful picture despite its imperfections.
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2007
Fantastic Australian story of two champion runners who volunteer as soldiers in 1915 to see the worlds.
The result is thrilling and amusing, thanks to the script from playwright David Williamson. Themes of mateship, sports and class warfare cleverly thread the glorious landscape shots.
Really sad for losing one of soldiers through the shoot-out war at the ending.
Super Reviewer
½ August 21, 2010
One of the greatest Australian films ever made. Full review later.
Super Reviewer
½ December 30, 2006
A small town Australian runner decides to join up for WWI and fight for King and country in the company of streetwise competitor Mel Gibson, but they inevitably find that war is not all glory and derring do. Directed by the largely under-rated Peter Weir, Gallipoli is not your typical war film. The fact that the combatants are the pragmatic and down to earth Aussies who seem never to lose their sense of humour makes for a different spin in itself, and the fact that the fateful battle is so absurdly-and tragically-shortlived means that much of the film is male bonding and fun and games, set to some beautifully photographed backdrops, from the vast expanses of the outback, to the pyramids of Egypt through to the beaches of Turkey. How ill prepared these boys were is summed up by the amusingly farcical "military exercise" they undertake, the humour counterpointing the horrifying waste of life that the real engagement entailed. Not the film for those looking for gruelling and gritty scenes of warfare, this is more a snapshot of war from a very personal viewpoint made with much warmth and humanity. In other words the antithesis of the bloated, self-aggrandizing gung ho abortion We Were Soldiers that Gibson spewed forth 20 years later.
Super Reviewer
December 17, 2009
"From a place you've never heard of, comes a story you'll never forget."

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Peter Weir has long been one of my favorite directors, and he has had a career consumed by subtle, quiet, lingering films. He can make the most banal concept seem thrilling and suspenseful; a perfect example is the Harrison Ford film "Witness." It could have easily become a stupid, insulting, exploitative "thriller." The ending is, in retrospect, quite ridiculous. But Weir has a strange ability to make anything seem realistic. "Gallipoli" is one of his older films, from 1981, and it stars a huge cast of names - most famous today, of course, Mel Gibson...whose name is now splattered across the front of the DVD case. The story is a true one and follows a group of young Australian men who join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, and amidst personal and emotional turmoil they must learn to band together and fight the Turkish Army. "Gallipoli" is a great film - slow, subtle, low-key. It's a bit like an Australian version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys slower films and can appreciate character-driven dramas.
Super Reviewer
½ May 29, 2006
Australian Classic, by great director Peter Weir. Portraying a moumentus moment in Australian history, the tragic event of Gapllipoli and the change in feeling toward Britian. A must see imporant film. Winner of my Top Australian Films.
Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2007
A tragic homoerotic Australian "Paths of Glory" with a wonderfully haunting final shot.
Super Reviewer
September 16, 2007
Outstanding war film from Peter Weir.
Super Reviewer
½ January 26, 2007
Pretty crazy movie about how Aussies were cannon fodder. Good loyalty movie
Super Reviewer
June 20, 2010
Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film, directed by Peter Weir and starring a young Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the First World War. They are sent to Turkey, where they take part in the Gallipoli Campaign. During the course of the movie, the young men slowly lose their innocence about the purpose of war. The climax of the movie occurs on the Anzac battlefield at Gallipoli and depicts the futile attack at the Battle of the Nek on 7 August 1915.

Gallipoli provides a faithful portrayal of life in Australia in the 1910s ? reminiscent of Weir's 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock set in 1900 ? and captures the ideals and character of the Australians who joined up to fight, and the conditions they endured on the battlefield. It does, however, modify events for dramatic purposes and contains a number of significant historical inaccuracies. In particular, the officers responsible for Entente command of the attack are depicted in the film as being British, when in fact, most historians agree that the blame for the failure falls at the feet of the two Australian Commanding Officers.
Explendorous cinematography and music, make this movie a inusitate masterpiece.
Super Reviewer
½ June 7, 2008
The battle of Gallipoli was a military screw-up that caused the deaths of too many young Australians. And this is depicted brilliantly in the last 20 minutes.
The rest of the film is young Australian men larking about stereo-typically.
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2008
Extraordinary.The true essence of anti-war film and a far away journey of 2 immature at first and throughout the film skeptic creatures prolonging a grueling battling experience and the final outcome.Weir is a captain.Steering a prosperous wheel brimmed with philosophy in addition to liturgy.Frisky business for these governments,neither it's a major conflict or a simple quarrel.Bravo Peter.
Super Reviewer
½ March 4, 2008
This movie runs as fast as a leopard.
Super Reviewer
January 5, 2007
Just damn good. Remind me not to go to war anytime soon.
½ December 8, 2013
Feels a bit limited emotionally but it's well acted, surprisingly well paced, and at least has a real punch to the stomach kind of ending. I feel like more than anything this movie was a love letter to Australia.
October 1, 2012
Haven't seen this one in a while. Pretty good war film with an early role for Mel Gibson. I forgot what a downer ending it has though.
½ May 9, 2010
Very impressive, well structured chemistry between the leads Lee and Gibson. Should have fired the cannons after sending the first wave. Or something.
½ April 6, 2010
Powerful war film, Peter Weir?s direction is quite amazing. The score is one of the best from that decade. Well acted by the entire cast, the cinematography is very expressive. It does get slow in spots, the the overall effect of the film is not easily forgotten. Great use of locale shooting.
½ September 12, 2007
One of the worst movie going experiences of my life was having to endure this loooong boring film about I don't know what. And then the ending got worse when they started running everything in slow motion ~ I've still got boredom scars from this.
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