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Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

Brendan Cowell , Gyton Grantley , Jeremy Sims  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brendan Cowell, Gyton Grantley, Jacqueline McKenzie, Harrison Gilbertson
  • Directors: Jeremy Sims
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SJVQ4I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As the Great War rages across Europe, a gritty platoon fights beneath enemy lines to defend an underground labyrinth packed with enough explosives to change the course of the war. As the battle intensifies, the group bravely makes one final stand to force back the enemy.

Over an hour of Bonus Features:
Making-of Featurette, Cast/Crew Interviews and B-roll footage


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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Aussie WW 1 Drama April 12, 2011
Format:DVD
I would just like to thank the other positive reviewers on this page as it was due to them that I bought this DVD. I thought it was based on the book of the same name but the book is a follow up, rather like 'Saving Private Ryan'. This film itself tells of the exploits of a group of volunteer Australian miners who were employed during WW 1 to undermine and then blow up enemy German positions. It should be noted that most of the tunnelling was a British effort, but the aid from the Commonwealth was invaluable. I only found out recently that Chineses'coolies' were used extensively for the trench digging too. This then is part of their truly monumentally brave story.

The film is so authentic in its presentation of the terrible conditions endured by all sides at the front and is more astonishing as it was filmed in Australia and funded by inter alia The Australian Film Commission. The acting is spot on, the cinematography though not beautiful does exactly what you would want in terms of conveying the filth and the sense of claustrophobia when below ground. They do not shy away from the gruesome detail and Alan Dukes and Brendan Cowell are both excellent leads.

That said there is not one lack lustre performance and every one comes across as believable. The story is told with a modicum of flash backs but this is so well balanced that it helps the narrative flow. For fans of 'Birdsong' by Sebastian Faulks, this film will add to the plot. For fans of history it also tells a part of the amazing Allied attack on the Messine Ridge. For language wary types, there is some German with sub titles, but as I speak a bit of Deutsh I did not find it off putting. This really is a great film that seemed to just fly by (only one cup of tea - always a good sign)you will not be sorry for the purchase
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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With 1980's "Breaker Morant" by Bruce Beresford and 1981's "Gallipoli" by Peter Weir, I fell in love with Australian cinema. Through the years, I have seen their film industry grow stronger and more prolific with many of my favorites hailing from that area. Both of these pictures deal with war and its devastating consequences and both are powerful depictions of ordinary men pushed into extraordinary circumstances. A similar sentiment can be issued for Jeremy Sims' "Beneath Hill 60," the latest examination of men in battle from Down Under. Nominated for 12 Australian Film Institute Awards, the film tells a remarkable true life story from World War I where miners were brought to the front lines to tunnel under enemy positions. It is not a tale I was familiar with, and the claustrophobic and confined settings makes for a uniquely compelling experience of brotherhood and bravery.

Brendan Cowell plays the central character and much, if not all, of the narrative is seen through his perspective. Remaining at home in Australia to mine copper for the war effort, he is branded a coward. But when tragedy strikes, he takes up arms and heads to Europe. On the western front, he becomes the ranking officer over a crew that is working beneath the trenches. Ultimately, the troop is confronted with one of the largest campaigns of the war--to undermine a pivotal German position beneath the infamous Hill 60. Playing a riveting game of cat and mouse with tunneling Germans, the team works tirelessly to prepare the single largest explosive charge ever collected in one place to devastate the German line from underground. Taut and exciting, the film sets up the tunneling activity with great depth and detail and strands the viewer in the dank earth.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GRIPPING EDGE OF YOUR SEAT DRAMA November 4, 2010
By sabu
Format:DVD
THIS TRUE STORY OF A GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN TUNNELERS DURING WW1 IS A WONDERFUL MOVIE THAT WILL HOLD YOUR ATTENTION START TO FINISH. A GROUP OF MEN LEAD BY OLIVER WOODWARD MUST DIG THEIR WAY WELL BELOW GROUND AND THEN ACROSS TO BENEATH THE GERMAN STRONGHOLD ON HILL 60 IN ORDER TO SET OFF THOUSANDS OF EXPLOSIVES IN THE HOPE OF SHORTENING THE BRUTAL WAR. WHAT THESE MEN SEE AND FEEL IS SIMPLY TOO DIFFICULT TO EXPRESS IN WORDS. THIS IS A MOVING AND SOMETIMES BRUTAL VIEW OF THEIR EXPERIENCE
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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"When this thing blows it will be the biggest explosion the world's ever seen." The incredible true story about civilian Australian miners during WWI. When Oliver Woodward (Cowell) and his men are called to the front lines of Germany in order to secure and protect a series of tunnels that are filled with explosives and is directly underneath the German stronghold of Hill 60 they are tested to thier limits. One of the biggest problems facing new war movies is that inevitably they are compared to "Saving Private Ryan". Besideds "We Were Soldiers", this is the only one I have seen that can stand up to the comparisons. I'm not saying it is as good as those but it is pretty close. Much like the other two, the focus is split between the action of the war and the personal struggles of Captain Woodward. The fact that this is about an Australian battle and not an American one is irrelevant to Americans liking this movie. You are so caught up in the story that country doesn't seem to matter (we were on the same side in the war anyway), and you still feel a sense of pride watching the men work. This movie will not disapoint. Overall, one of the best war movies I have ever seen. Watch this, you will be glad you did. I give it an A-.

Would I watch again? - I definatly would.

*Also try - Saving Private Ryan
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5.0 out of 5 stars all items were great, fast and quick service
all items were great , fast and quick service, able to find exactly what I wanted
Published 9 days ago by John Livermore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ww1 movie loved every min of it ,def a classic
Published 21 days ago by Mark C Niglio Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great war flick.
Published 1 month ago by Ken Bart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
A must see film for those interested in WOrld War I.
Published 1 month ago by Te Bada
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie!
This movie was absolutely true to the war and the tunneling that took place in the trenches. A great movie!
Published 2 months ago by Andrew W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
This movie was very good. It gives a great insight of "the Modern War" and the horrors of that first War, in which should have been our last.
Published 4 months ago by Becks
3.0 out of 5 stars Good description
Book shows the contribution made the australian military when digging mines under german held positions during WW1. Read more
Published 4 months ago by scott bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley Informational and Entertaining
This is based of true events and is one of the most incredible stories of war time action I have ever heard. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Juke Box
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best War Movies I've Seen
For some reason, WWI movies always seem to hit it out of the park, whereas WWII movies are hit and miss sometimes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie showing the trench war
This is a good picture that shows how the soldiers in both sides had to survive under the ground and in the trenches. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Frederick Melville
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