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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 32327


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Mel Gibson as Frank Dunne
Bill Hunter as Major Barton
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Reviewed by gottdeskinos 6 / 10

Not quite a home run


I was drawn in, liked the characters as well as their actor's performances (although I have to admit I didn't recognize Mel Gibson at first). It is not a bad movie by any means, but I have a few problems with it.

Historical inaccuracies. This is something that most (anti-)war movies have to balance with artistic vision. This movie was made by an Australian director and it feels like it. (From what I've heard, he regretted a few artistic decisions later on.)

The movie portrays the situation as if British officers used ANZAC troops as cannon fodder in the Gallipoli mission. This is factually wrong, as there were also numerous French and British casualties. Most soldiers in WWI were cannon fodder. But then again, the movie is told from the perspective of the Australians and it might feel like they fought in a war that was mostly Britain's thing. Talking of perspective: There is a line in the movie that says the Germans started the Great War and that they wanted to conquer the world, including Australia. Again, this is nonsense, but it makes sense in movie context, because, that's probably all the political understanding young men from Western Australia would have had at the time. (It also can be a seen as a meta commentary that the average audience member even today might lack knowledge to tell that this is distorted history.)

I like that one of our two main characters is enthusiastic about joining the war and one holds the "doesn't concern me, it's England's war" mentality until he is kind of swayed into going. There's a lot of this feelings in the movie: nationalistic pride and a sense of adventure (which also Euopean young men would have had) and a sense of pointlessness about this war.) The fact that the younger (and arguably more likable) one of them, is the one who dies in the end, because Mel Gibson's character failed against time, makes everything even more bitter.

I was positively surprised by the freeze frame ending. It gave a bit of a gut punch and a lasting bitter taste, which is fitting for the anti-war matter. But in total, the drama fell a bit short and there is a lack of epicness. The rest of the movie was also less surprising. You can't blame the movie for being cliché, because it predates many well-known war-movies that perfected the formula (Saving Private Ryan). On the other hand, it takes up some techniques that Kubrick mastered in Paths of Glory 24 years before this movie. Grand battle scenery and an eery feel of claustrophobia and doom are kind of absent here, however.

The structure: A great portion of the film is set in Australia and it takes our heroes a long way from home (running tracks in Western Australia) to being stationed in Kairo (playing rugby under pyramids and sleeping with local prositutes) to finally fighting in Turkey, where everything comes to a quick end. This symbolizes how long the feeling of adventure lasted in contrast to how abrupt a young men's life came to an end in this cruel war. (There is also a great symbolism about growing up coming from the Jungle Book reading scene in the beginning, where Mogli has reached manhood and had to leave the wolves.) The pacing is an interesting choice, but it asks for a patient audience.

Oh and: The one specific 80ies synth score hasn't really aged well.

Reviewed by DylanW 9 / 10


In 1915, the Gallipoli campaign was commenced. Dictating the Australian version, two young runners, Frank and Archy, enroll in the Australian army, and, as a result, are sent to fight in Gallipoli.

The emotional aspect of this film is incredible, due to a great script and performances by Mark Lee and Mel Gibson, who play the two protagonists. With more historical accuracies than inaccuracies, "Gallipoli" is an emotionally heartfelt film, bound to bring a tear to your eye and pull your toughest heart-strings. Mel Gibson is particularly spectacular, as the reluctant youngster soon succumbing to peer pressure.

It is debatable whether this is considered a war film to some, as the movie is about Frank and Archy in Gallipoli, and how they are effected by the war, instead of Gallipoli, with many random characters involved. For example, "Gallipoli" is a character film set in the war, whereas "Dunkirk" is a war film with characters.

Reviewed by yakyuubowling 2 / 10


The movie is old and is quite boring. Though, it is one of Australia's history movie. I find it boring..... I fell asleep withing the first 5 minutes of the film. Every single credit was credited at the start, which takes 2 minutes. I do not recommend this movie.

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