The Hill Reviews

  • Dec 23, 2019

    A brutal and realistic description of the fundamental dysfunctional culture, which many militaries have developed. The British army, still today, in 2019, has not fully solved, its dysfunctional, interpersonal culture. This is also the reason so many British veterans end up in prison, after having committed a sexual offense. A fact that not even the British civic society, has understood fully, or perhaps, even worse, don't want to understand. A superb performance and a timeless movie.

    A brutal and realistic description of the fundamental dysfunctional culture, which many militaries have developed. The British army, still today, in 2019, has not fully solved, its dysfunctional, interpersonal culture. This is also the reason so many British veterans end up in prison, after having committed a sexual offense. A fact that not even the British civic society, has understood fully, or perhaps, even worse, don't want to understand. A superb performance and a timeless movie.

  • Sep 08, 2019

    Fantastic, masterpiece ❤️ Sean connery performance is terr

    Fantastic, masterpiece ❤️ Sean connery performance is terr

  • Feb 15, 2019

    I will never understand how this film is so highly regarded. After 6 attempts I finally got through its 2hr running time (which felt like 6). The accents and delivery make entire scenes unintelligible and hard to follow. Its not that I mind character studies, but I want to care, and be able to decipher what is said and motivation. Some great acting. Connery is Connery. Overall a boring agonizing watch.

    I will never understand how this film is so highly regarded. After 6 attempts I finally got through its 2hr running time (which felt like 6). The accents and delivery make entire scenes unintelligible and hard to follow. Its not that I mind character studies, but I want to care, and be able to decipher what is said and motivation. Some great acting. Connery is Connery. Overall a boring agonizing watch.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Very tough and gritty military prison drama from great director Lumet. Fine performances from Connery and Harry Andrews.

    Very tough and gritty military prison drama from great director Lumet. Fine performances from Connery and Harry Andrews.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    This the most natural and organic prison movie that I have ever seen. What works for it is that the direction does not force the viewer at all and yet by virtue of pur acting and story it leaves the viewer deeply moved.

    This the most natural and organic prison movie that I have ever seen. What works for it is that the direction does not force the viewer at all and yet by virtue of pur acting and story it leaves the viewer deeply moved.

  • Jul 06, 2018

    its one of connerys best

    its one of connerys best

  • Jul 05, 2018

    It's a British Army prison in WWII North Africa. Insubordinate British soldiers are sent there to be drilled ruthlessly. One of the tasks is to run up and down a man made hill. Joe Roberts (Sean Connery) is one of five new prisoners. He had punched his commanding officer for ordering a suicidal attack. There are some great performances. The most powerful coming from Harry Andrews. Everybody is delivering top level stuff. It's a contained movie in that it's contained by the base. In that way, it's more like a play. Sidney Lumet allows his actors to chew up the screen. Watched with German subtitles using boxxy software and not disappointed. It's great.

    It's a British Army prison in WWII North Africa. Insubordinate British soldiers are sent there to be drilled ruthlessly. One of the tasks is to run up and down a man made hill. Joe Roberts (Sean Connery) is one of five new prisoners. He had punched his commanding officer for ordering a suicidal attack. There are some great performances. The most powerful coming from Harry Andrews. Everybody is delivering top level stuff. It's a contained movie in that it's contained by the base. In that way, it's more like a play. Sidney Lumet allows his actors to chew up the screen. Watched with German subtitles using boxxy software and not disappointed. It's great.

  • Dec 12, 2017

    Technically the film is outstanding, acting is superb, the psychological struggle between the main rivals is on the highest possible level receiving much help from the marvelous camerawork that emphasizes its subjects' internal condition as well as physical. But the film's ridicule and critique of the British army is at times over the top. Especially considering the context, WW2. Of course the problems and misconduct must be exposed and talked about, but here you see no difference between the German army and British. You can't criticize on equal terms both sides, can you? The main concern should be the mistreatment of prisoners in a military prison but the director goes ahead and criticizes army as the institution. But he obviously chose the wrong army for that, for Brits should have fought Germans, hence this awkward feeling that it's all good and the ire of prisoners is understandable, but when the director through their mouths shouts his aversion to army you can't help thinking that the war is going on and they are here for a reason, not just to play war. But apart from that the film is very strong in its depiction of harsh realism.

    Technically the film is outstanding, acting is superb, the psychological struggle between the main rivals is on the highest possible level receiving much help from the marvelous camerawork that emphasizes its subjects' internal condition as well as physical. But the film's ridicule and critique of the British army is at times over the top. Especially considering the context, WW2. Of course the problems and misconduct must be exposed and talked about, but here you see no difference between the German army and British. You can't criticize on equal terms both sides, can you? The main concern should be the mistreatment of prisoners in a military prison but the director goes ahead and criticizes army as the institution. But he obviously chose the wrong army for that, for Brits should have fought Germans, hence this awkward feeling that it's all good and the ire of prisoners is understandable, but when the director through their mouths shouts his aversion to army you can't help thinking that the war is going on and they are here for a reason, not just to play war. But apart from that the film is very strong in its depiction of harsh realism.

  • Dec 04, 2017

    Disturbing film about what the corruption of absolute power - which was scientifically studied 6 years later in the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. What are any of us truly capable of when tormentors are merciless and constantly in our face? While the cinematography seems mediocre, that merely allows the movie to unfold as if it's nowhere special - it could happen anywhere. The script, acting, and direction lift the tale into an excellent thriller. A film classic.

    Disturbing film about what the corruption of absolute power - which was scientifically studied 6 years later in the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. What are any of us truly capable of when tormentors are merciless and constantly in our face? While the cinematography seems mediocre, that merely allows the movie to unfold as if it's nowhere special - it could happen anywhere. The script, acting, and direction lift the tale into an excellent thriller. A film classic.

  • Jun 22, 2017

    Sidney Lumet's riveting and claustrophobic desert drama is a showcase for several excellent performances and - alongside Lindsay Anderson's If.... a little later - cheering evidence of the strength of British talent when offered a strong script. Although Connery is the box office draw, it's very much an ensemble piece, with stunning acting from Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis, Roy Kinnear and the ever brilliant Ian Hendry. And Oswald Morris' hard B&W photography drips sweat. Overdue for reappraisal.

    Sidney Lumet's riveting and claustrophobic desert drama is a showcase for several excellent performances and - alongside Lindsay Anderson's If.... a little later - cheering evidence of the strength of British talent when offered a strong script. Although Connery is the box office draw, it's very much an ensemble piece, with stunning acting from Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis, Roy Kinnear and the ever brilliant Ian Hendry. And Oswald Morris' hard B&W photography drips sweat. Overdue for reappraisal.