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The Hill (1965)


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Release Date: Oct 3, 1965 Wide



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The Hill was unfairly subjected to ridicule by the more obtuse "critics" of 1965 who harped on the fact that it starred Sean Connery and, unlike Connery's Bond pictures, had no women in it. Bypassing these cretinous comments, it must be noted that The Hill is an above-the-norm entry in the "military prison" genre. The film takes place during World War II, in a Libyan stockade for incorrigible British soldiers. The camp's brutal Sergeant Major (Harry Andrews) puts his charges to work on grueling,


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Ray Rigby, R. S. Allen

Jun 5, 2007

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Starkly realistic, uncompromising, and splendidly acted by an all-star cast, headed by Sean Connery, Sideny Lumet's 1985 film is a most powerful prison drama.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Uncompromising look at the inside of a British military prison in North Africa during WW II.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The Hill is tense, it's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's everything a good action picture should be, plus it adds a healthy dose of realism and thought.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Audience Reviews for The Hill

A good film is like a kick in the ass, or a ferocious slap that wakes us up, makes us realize about something, or reminds us about something we thought we had forgotten.
This brilliant antimilitary films shows in crescendo harsh and intolerable conditions that would force any human being to abandon reason and to embrace the animal inside, to stop submiting to dictates of a nation, a regiment, or an insensible fool at charge. Sean Connery embodies all that rage in every single look and word he speaks. Sidney Lumet knows exactly where to put the camera, how to move it, and when to cut. Films like this, 'Fail-safe' and 'The Pawnbroker' all have that same clear delineation, razor-sharp intensity in their mise en scene, and all end up in an absolute disgrace that have left me mute, wild-eyed, about to become like Charlton Heston at the end of 'Planet of the apes' screaming at the top of my lungs for the evil that men do, an inarticulate prayer with no receiver.
October 25, 2011

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Like all of Sidney Lumet's early work, The Hill is a spectacular exercise in escalated tension and groundbreaking direction. Sean Connery (in his best non-007 performance) is as much of a smart-ass as he is a bad-ass but Ossie Davis steals the show. The Hill starts off impressively then dries out toward the middle. But once the final act kicks in, look out. I was reminded a lot of Cool Hand Luke and Paths of Glory while watching The Hill. It's a shame that Connery's best performance (I've seen so far) went as unnoticed as this movie did.
September 26, 2009

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damn good prison film; brutally portrays the methods used by the military to break the individual spirit almost as well as kubrick's full metal jacket would 20 years later. harry andrews is outstanding as the commandant. hilarious turn by ossie davis too. a very british film coming from lumet, really powerful and sadly mostly forgotten
May 22, 2009
Stella Dallas

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One of the most intense movies I have ever seen.
December 7, 2007

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    1. Joe Roberts: We're all doing time here, even the screws.
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  • The Hill ? Ein Haufen toller Hunde (DE)
  • La Colline des hommes perdus (FR)
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