Gallipoli

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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.

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The first of two consecutive films to see director Peter Weir team with Mel Gibson (the other being The Year of Living Dangerously), Gallipoli follows two idealistic young friends, Frank (Gibson) and Archy (Mark Lee), who join the Australian army during World War I and fight the doomed Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. The first half of the film documents the lives of the young men in Australia, detailing their personalities and beliefs. The second half of the movie chronicles the ill-fated and ill-planned battle, where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps is hopelessly outmatched by the enemy forces. Gallipoli was the recipient of eight prizes at the 1981 Australian Film Institute Awards. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast

Mel Gibson
as Frank Dunne
Mark Lee
as Archy
Harold Hopkins
as Les McCann
RONNY GRAHAM
as Wallace Hamilton
Stan Green
as Sgt. Major
Heath Harris
as Stockman
Graham Dow
as Gen. Gardner
Bill Hunter
as Maj. Barton
Jenny Lovell
as Waitress
John Morris
as Col. Robinson
Gerda Nicolson
as Rose Hamilton
Max Wearing
as Col. White
Harold Baigent
as Camel Driver
Reg Evans
as Official
Jack Giddy
as Official
Dane Peterson
as Announcer
Paul Linkson
as Recruiting Officer
Steve Dodd
as Billy Snakeskin
John Murphy
as Dan Dunne
Peter Ford
as Lieutenant Gray
Geoff Parry
as Sgt. Sayers
Moshe Kedem
as Egyptian Shopkeeper
Don Barker
as N.C.O. at Ball
Brian Anderson
as Railway Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Gallipoli

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Audience Reviews for Gallipoli

  • Oct 22, 2016
    While 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, 2016
    Really 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, 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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2011
    memorable 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 off
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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