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Two friends are involved with the battle between Australia and the German-occupied Turks in this commentary on the wastes of war.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2005]
Edition: Special collector's edition.
ISBN: 9781415715840
Call Number: DVD GALLIPO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: World War (1914-1918)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Turkey -- Gallipoli Peninsula -- Drama.
Friendship -- Drama.
Motion pictures -- Australia.
Guerra Mundial I, 1914-1918 -- Campañas -- Teatro.
Amistad -- Teatro.
Military campaigns.
Motion pictures.
Turkey -- Gallipoli Peninsula.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Historical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
War films.
Feature films.
War films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.


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Aug 06, 2020

In a word: disappointing. Meandering n, long-winded, with multiple scene that go nowhere and have no baring on the overall plot: like the scene in the desert. Doesn't come up again. The scene where Mel Gibson doesn't get into the Cavalry: he gets in later. So why not just have him get in in the first place? After Breaker Morant, this was a real drop in quality. I would love to see this part of history brought to life; this just isn't it. You're better off with something else.

Oct 28, 2019

Mel Gibson in one of his very early movies about Australians joining the AU. army and his mates adventures learning to be a soldier in WW 1.

Aug 28, 2019

This is very young Mel G. It is the build up to the Great War, how nations are affected. If you want a US shoot up, don't bother. This story follows the tragic fortunes of two Aussie running champions who, caught up i the patriotic fever of WWI, go off to fight the Turks. The night before the disastrous slaughter at Gallipoli, their commanding officer plays Bizet's The Fishers on his battered old phonograph. I cannot help myself when hearing this, the tears flow, the chill begins. Millions of young men, entire generations, were killed. I have always liked it and learned a lot historically.

Jul 29, 2019

Jean-Michele Jarre is amazing, but a very odd coupling to this film. Great cinematography in places.

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.

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.

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