The Hill (1965)
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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.
Uncompromising look at the inside of a British military prison in North Africa during WW II.
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In a British military prison camp harsh measures are taken to "turn these men into soldiers". When is too much discipline too much?
Excellent performances, brisk direction, spare writing all combine to make this truly a potboiler of a work that you may have never heard of.
I first saw it at a drive-in, back when it was first released, 49 years ago. Holy smoke.
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.
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.
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