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A story of how the irresistible lure of adventure and the unknown bring two young men together in the Australian army in 1915. They are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.


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May 29, 2019

A touching film about friendship, circumstance, and chance (or futility). The period is vividly depicted, from the things (that is, physical objects) to practices (reading Kipling to children before bedtime), to history (a soldiers'-eye view of trench warfare in the first World War (in this its a useful supplement to archival film and the chapter in "The Face Of Battle")).

May 27, 2018

I was expecting so much more from this one. I just found it so boring for the first 3/4 of the movie that by the time they get to the battle of Gallipoli, I had checked out mentally. This movie shouldn't have even been called "Gallipoli", since all of that stuff doesn't happen until the last half hour of the movie and the rest of it is just set-up for our two main characters. Not to mention, this has one of the most unsatisfying endings I've ever seen. I actually remember thinking to myself "they ended it like THAT?" Needless to say I don't recommend this movie at all.

May 06, 2017

I liked this DVD a lot. It is not good for young children. The war battle scenes are graphic and realistic. It was a non-fiction main character given some minor fiction biographies. If you like historical dramas based on fact, you will enjoy this movie. It was well done. The actors did a great job. It effectively shows how terrible war is. The minds were sufficiently warped in the war mentality in the story. It is very powerfully presented. The story is strong. You will likely need tissue for tears as you watch this movie.

Apr 22, 2017

This is an excellent anti-war movie that should be required watching during the American Centennial of World War I. It is hard to watch the battle scenes, not because they are graphic, but because they are so taunt and put you in the trenches. You share, not just watch, the emotions running through the young men getting ready to go "over the top." It is heart-breaking to watch what happens to these endearing young men.

The script is well done and the actors are uniformly excellent. If there is a bias that I questioned it was the portrayal of the officers as ignorant, arrogant, and uncaring toward the common man. Although I like the idea of the brotherhood of the common man, history does not support the common man being any better at avoiding war than the political elites.

World War I should be studied not only because of the centennial, but because it should have been avoided. When it ended on November 11, 1918 there was more than casual agreement on this. It wasn't called "the War to End all Wars" for no reason.

The centennial should be a time to see how we can do a better job of avoiding war. In the meantime, always "keep your powder dry." A wonderful movie on so many levels.

Dec 10, 2015

Considering I was this nearly 30 years ago...I recommend watching the special features first for a better understanding of this gigantic disastrous blunder when powers still thought wars were fought like the battle of Waterloo or the American CW. I find it sad that young people continue to do the same thing as they did 100 years ago, get all 'het up' to join the fight with so little idea of what's involved. It's even sadder to know that so few people (especially in US) even know about wars history.

The portrayal of real people needs to be kept upper most when viewing this film. The beach scene - 3/4 of all those men would be dead within hours of arrival. Horrific slaughter.

Sep 10, 2015

I felt the need to see this film again after watching the film "The Water Diviner". How heartbreaking was the brilliant Peter Weir's film about this epic battle of WWI. It broke my heart today, the same as it did nearly 30 years ago. A must-watch for any historians.

Aug 31, 2015

I first saw this film in the theatre and this film and others introduced America to Australian actor Mel Gibson. The film explores the recruitment and fighting of Australian soldiers that were sent to Gallipoli (Turkey) to conquer the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. This was another one of those wars that the generals thought would be over by Christmas with hardly anybody dead. I’ll leave it to you to guess whether just about everybody comes back home alive. This was an excellent film.

7duffy Apr 12, 2015

Not as good as I remembered, yet it does hold up. The film has some slow parts, but is still a well told story of friends, who enlist to fight in a war and the conclusive battle that is fought.

Aug 31, 2013

I saw this movie the summer I graduated from high school in the 1980s, and it haunted me. I was never a fan of Mel Gibson, so it wasn't that. It was a great movie about two men, boys really, my age when I first saw it, who met when they enlisted to fight in the "Great War" and became best friends. It really opened my eyes to not just coming of age, but also Australia, WWI, and the horrific loss from war.

May 10, 2013

It was good. The film can be a bit slow at times - the eponymous battle doesn't actually start till well into the third half of the movie. Quite educational, though.

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