The Hill

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Five British soldiers are sent to a detention camp in the Libyan Desert, including Sergeant Major Roberts (Sean Connery), whose conviction for the assault of an officer is shrouded in mystery. As punishment, the vicious Staff Sergeant Williams (Ian Hendry) orders the prisoners to continuously climb a man-made hill in the scorching desert heat. Though his colleague, Staff Sergeant Harris (Ian Bannen), sympathizes with the new detainees, he can only watch as Williams goes to sadistic extremes.

Cast & Crew

Sean Connery
Joe Roberts
Harry Andrews
R.S.M. Wilson
Alfred Lynch
George Stevens
Ossie Davis
Jacko King
Roy Kinnear
Monty Bartlett
Jack Watson
Jock McGrath
Ian Hendry
Staff Sergeant Williams
Michael Redgrave
The Medical Officer
Norman Bird
Commandant
Ray Rigby
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  • Jul 07, 2016
    Definitely an interesting take on a prison drama. But there's just not enough going on. Also, i think they had some sound recording issues. That aside, Sean Connery acts well. It was fun to see him in a role like this.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2014
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2009
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2008
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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