Beneath Hill 60 R

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As the Great War rampages across Europe, a platoon of tunnelers fight beneath enemy lines to defend an underground labyrinth packed with enough explosives to change the course of the war.

Starring:
Brendan Cowell, Alan Dukes
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Beneath Hill 60

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Jeremy Sims
Starring Brendan Cowell, Alan Dukes
Supporting actors Alex Thompson, Harrison Gilbertson, Duncan Young, Steve Le Marquand, Gyton Grantley, Warwick Young, Mark Coles Smith, Martin Thomas, Oliver Leimbach, Anthony Hayes, Leon Ford, Fletcher Illidge, Morgan Illidge, Jacqueline McKenzie, Juliana Dodd, Gerald Lepkowski, Bella Heathcote, Chris Haywood
Studio E1 Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Overall, one of the best war movies I have ever seen.
Tony Heck
The conditions of life in the trenches during World War I are very skillfully recreated.
Darth Maciek
The actors do a fine job and the film feels authentic as it's a true story.
Michael Dobey

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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By sabu on November 4, 2010
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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"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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