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Gallipoli (1981)

Mel Gibson , Mark Lee , Peter Weir  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Lathalu Yunipingu
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Peter Weir, David Williamson, Ernest Raymond
  • Producers: Ben Gannon, Francis O'Brien, Martin Cooper, Patricia Lovell
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BDH6C6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gallipoli" on IMDb

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Paramount offers another nice retrospective of a Peter Weir film. This excellent film is about a war that was very important to Australians (the country had just formed a decade before), and the documentary sets up the context of the battle including historical pictures and footage of the current battleground. Stars Mel Gibson and Mark Lee offer their impressions of the filmmaking experience (inexperienced Lee thought he was in over his head). The most interesting aspect not pursued is the odd pairing of producers Rupert Murdoch and Robert Stigwood. But anyone who is seeing this expertly transferred film for the first time will get most of their questions answered from these extra features. --Doug Thomas

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Gallipoli is Australian director Peter Weir's (The Truman Show, Witness) story of how the irresistible lure of adventure and the unknown, combined with national pride, bring two young men (Mel Gibson and Mark Lee) together in the Australian army in 1915. They cross continents and great oceans, climb pyramids and walk through the ancient sands of Egypt to join their regiment at the fateful battle of Gallipoli. The echoes of history blend with the friends' compelling destiny as they become part of a legendary World War 1 confrontation between Australia and the German allied Turks- a battle that is to Australians what the Alamo is to Americans.

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122 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastating look at war October 10, 2004
It's unfortunate in the extreme that the First World War has largely fallen by the wayside. If we hear anything about the conflict at all, it's usually on the History Channel or another network airing a documentary full of grainy, black and white clips of men stumbling over the top of trenches. Interest in historical events tends to drop off significantly when those involved pass away, and in the case of the generation that fought this horrific war not only have they exited the stage, they have left the building as well. I developed a life long interest in "the war to end all wars" after seeing Peter Weir's 1981 film "Gallipoli" in a small, run down art house theater at the age of ten. I didn't understand the historical context at the time, but this dramatic interpretation of events that unfolded in the Dardanelles during 1915 left a lasting impression on my impressionable mind. I recently rewatched the film and can say that it still works as an intense drama and as a serious antiwar statement. Weir's overt hostility toward the British commanders at Gallipoli, however, doesn't stand up as well. By the way, this is one of the films that propelled Mel Gibson to international stardom.

Weir decided to focus his film not on the massive armies battling away in Europe, but on two individuals living in Australia. Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) are two of the fastest runners in the country. Hamilton trains with his demanding grandfather, who promises the young lad that if he works hard he may yet go down as the next national sports hero. Frank, on the other hand, wanders around the country with a few buddies taking any job he can get and generally just having a lot of fun.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping and moving masterpiece July 30, 2000
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This is one of the best films I've ever seen. Mark Lee and Mel Gibson are magnificent and positively radiant in this tale of two friends caught up in a horrifying war...the innocence of these characters, and their courage, will move you to tears. Peter Weir has made many wonderful films (like "Witness") but none in my opinion as powerful as this. The score by Brian May is beautiful and uses Albinoni's glorious "Adagio in G minor" for the titles, credits, and during the film. If you were only to see 10 films in your entire life, this should be one of them.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good cinematic experience December 17, 1999
There's been a few things said about this movie, several reviewers mentioned that it was slow-moving, and another pointed out with exasperating pedantry the historical inaccuracies, but I'd like to say that I think 'Gallipoli' is a good movie. It was well shot and well acted, the characters were real and believeable, the score was magnificient, the story was inspiring, and although the script had less action than, say, 'Saving Private Ryan' it also wasn't wasteful - one wouldn't have cared about the people if one didn't know them.
Which is also the point. If `Gallipoli' wasn't historically accurate, and it's tough to represent a yearlong epic in an hour and a half, one does get the point. Which, of course, is that wars, especially this one, and especially this battle, are stupid, self-serving and pointlessly destructive endeavors.
I'm dumbfounded by the reviewer who chose to lambaste the portrayal of the British officers in the campaign. I'm surprised an Aussie would say that, but then again there're plenty of Yanks who'll second guess Harry S Truman from now till the end of time, so who am I to judge. While I'm the first to admit that those words were probably not said, I have to believe that the blue blood of the capital officers taught them not to give a damn about the sweat and blood of some poor sons-of-criminals from a lost colony. I'm not alone, and I quote from John Merriman's History of Modern Europe, p1059, "Other [historians] agree with most contemporaries who believed that [Gallipoli] was a needless diversion dictated by British colonial interests in the Middle East and for which Australian and New Zealander troops paid a disproportionate price.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weir's Best Film January 4, 2004
This excellent film is probably the best movie made by the talented Australian director Peter Weir. While Weir has a made a number of very good films, notably The Year of Living Dangerously and the recent Master and Commander, the subject matter of Gallipoli is the most serious of any of Weir's films. Gallipoli is the general title for the series of WWI battles in which the Western Allies attempted to force the Dardanelles and knock Turkey out of the war. Some, including Winston Churchill, himslef one of the prime movers behind the campaign, argued that Allied success at Gallipoli would have been decisive. This has been disputed by recent historians. The Gallipoli campaigns were the first large scale attempt at amphibious assault and were an organizational and tactical disaster. The Allied commanders flubbed several chances to beat the Turks. The Turkish defense was tenacious and much of the action became the trench warfare characteristic of much of WWI. The Allies failed, at great cost, though Turkish casulties were also quite high.
Gallipoli holds a special resonance for Australians. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was the first major overseas participation of Australian and New Zealand troops fighting as national formations. The ANZACs fought courageously, prefiguring the outstanding performance of Australian and New Zealand infantry in both World Wars. Gallipoli appears to occupy the place in Australian history that the Civil War occupies in American life. Australia (possibly also New Zealand) is the only country that regularly celebrates a major military defeat.
Weir's movie is a powerful depiction of the Australian experience at Gallipoli. The story is simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mel's best.
Probably Mel Gibson's best movie, from before he became a humorous nutjob.
A very good movie in it's own right, well worth watching.
NOT comedy.
Published 12 hours ago by American Goth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Well acted, but somewhat confusing film. The two prime actors Mark Lee and Mel Gibson gave markedly different performances; Lee was somewhat stilted and smiled WAY too much. Read more
Published 3 days ago by W. R. Muhr
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
very good movie arrieved on timedon't have any comp0liants I enjoy it it was like it was new an fast shippinjg
Published 8 days ago by gerardo j. garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen! Really lovely story along a horrible setting in time. Really made me see war differently. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ana Salas
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i thought.
ok movie. a lot of time wasted on the lives and enlisting into the service of the main people.. The war part was quick, done, finish. The End.
Published 9 days ago by doodle
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad and depressing. Not fun
Very slow to develop and get moving. One of he more silly wars in history and not worth watching unless you are an Australian history buff.
Published 9 days ago by R. Harkness
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read reviews, recommend everyone do that before watching this...
I expected a warmer comaraderie type movie based on the breif intro that is shown when you click on it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by B. Banche
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cinematography
I love time pieces, and this was full of gorgeous scenes of Australia and very well filmed. Plot was rich and not predictable. THE chemistry between the actors was very keen. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Dr. Gas
1.0 out of 5 stars Gallipoli movie review. Mel Gibson looks young and sober
a slow moving movie with a predictable ending. Boring!!!! Don't know how this was a four store movie. Boring Boring!!
Published 29 days ago by Peggy H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Clarity
The movie was incredibly grainy, not HD at all, not even normal definition. I was hoping for better, as I've normally had good experience.
Published 1 month ago by Dino C Mangano
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