1981, Drama, 1h 50m45 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings
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Peter Weir's devastating anti-war film features a low-key but emotionally wrenching performance from Mel Gibson as a young soldier fighting in one of World War I's most deadly and horrifying battles. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Gallipoli
Gallipoli is a predictable war movie filled with all the gung-ho cliches of the genre -- and I loved it.June 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Gallipoli was, and is, a triumph.
Weir's objective was not to show us Gallipoli through a documentary lens, but with an artist's vision. He has succeeded magnificently.
One of the most elegiac anti-war films ever made.July 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Classy and lifeless.
A haunting and moving tribute to the Australians who sacrificed their lives in WWI.July 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Gallipoli
Oct 22, 2016While purported to be about the tragic military engagement that backhandedly put Australian military on the world stage, buried within is a warts-and-all homage to the land Down Under that's loves home, even while admitting that there's not much to love, that warms the hardest of hearts.Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
May 30, 2016Really dumb...takes forever to get around to the actual battle of Gallipoli, and even then, doesn't really explore it too much. This film focuses too much on running rather than WWI, which was what I wanted to see. And the ending is one of the worst I've ever seen.Stephen S Super Reviewer
Apr 15, 2013Gallipoli 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.Alex r Super Reviewer
Aug 05, 2011memorable war film that gave us a glimpse at what happened to our fallen soldiers. the final shot is harrowing and the journey you take with this film pays offBrendan N Super Reviewer