Gallipoli Poster

Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: June 26th, 1999

PG|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Archy (Mark Lee) and Frank (Mel Gibson) are two young Australian sprinters who want to join the army to fulfill their sense of duty. Turned down because they are too young, the pair hop a freight train to Perth, where they are allowed to join up. They board a troop ship headed to Cairo and, after training in the shadows of the Great Pyramids, the boys are finally sent to the front line, where their speed makes them candidates for messengers in one of the war's bloodiest battles.

Cast: Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Kerr, Ron Graham, Harold Hopkins, Charles Yunupingu, Heath Harris, Gerda Nicolson

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Australian Film Commission

Keywords: Growing up, Gripping, Friendship, Sacrifice, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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 presentation of the friendship between Archy and Frank (wonderfully essayed by Lee and Gibson). show more

  • A haunting and moving tribute to the Australians who sacrificed their lives in WWI against not the Germans but the Turks at the lesser sung battle of Gallipoli from the assured hand of Peter Weir. show more

  • 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 touch of the mysterious, too. show more

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Nominated Best Foreign Language Film