Gallipoli

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Released 1981

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Director:
Peter Weir
Released:
1981
Rating:
PG
Gallipoli is an Australian World War I film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mark Lee and Mel Gibson as two young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Army looking for adventure and camaraderie on the battlefield. The young soldiers begin their journey innocent and idealistic. Throughout the course of the film, as the war takes them to darker places, they develop a gritty and cynical attitude towards the value of war and the value of the government they're supposedly defending. The title refers to the Turkish peninsula where the Australian Army participated in a mass effort to conquer Istanbul—an effort that failed. Lee plays Archy Hamilton, an 18-year-old sprinter who is eager to defend his nation. Gibson plays Frank Dunne, a railway laborer of Irish descent who isn't fond of the British Empire, but goes to war out of friendship for Archy. The two friends travel across the world together, on a journey that thrusts them into adulthood like only war can. Gallipoli is an intense film about the virtues of the young spirit and the calamities of war.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    TV Guide

    Director Weir and cinematographer Russell Boyd's re-creation of the invasion and battle action is stunning, but what makes Gallipoli such an affecting film is its intimate presenta...

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Mr. Weir's work has a delicacy, gentleness, even wispiness that would seem not well suited to the subject. And yet his film has an uncommon beauty, warmth and immediacy, and a touc...

  • 80

    Variety

    Peter Weir's Gallipoli tackles a legend in human terms and emerges as a highly entertaining drama on a number of levels, none of them inaccessible to anyone unfamiliar with the act...

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