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- doctorzhivago10...Nov 04, 2007by
A Story of True Friendship
Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) are both speed runners and friends in Australia in 1915. Australia is a rather new country in 1915, having recently been liberated from England. When World War I breaks out, the Aussies feel an obligation to help their former parent. As the song goes in the movie,"If England needs a hand, well here it is." The movie "Gallipoli" is about the two friends and their volunteering for this war. Frank Dunne says in the beginning that he has better things to do but ends up enlisting with his friend who is not even old enough but enlists anyway. They get separated for a while but end up together at the Battle of Gallipoli. We see the men and their "blokes" as they prepare for hostility, as they party in Cairo before the battle, and as they stand ready to be massacred at the line at Gallipoli. The length of the waiting is apparent in the movie as we wait too for the massacre. Archy is asked at the last minute to become a runner between headquarters and the line but begs to stay in the line and supports his friend Frank for the job. Indeed, he would rather die than see his friend die. If ever there were an anti-war movie, this is it. We find out through a communication with headquarters that this whole battle is just a diversion so that the British can land safely nearby while the Turks are distracted with the Aussies at Gallipoli. In other words, the "mates" that we have come to love are just being thrown away to the dogs. This is one of Mel Gibson's first movies. You can see how he rose to stardom. But Mark Lee is also just as good. In a special feature, we see both men today as they discuss Australia's role in World War I and the making of this movie. This movie is worth your time and money. Read full review
- 211535685@delet...Aug 21, 2007by
The Aussies have real greatness in them!
Its interesting that greatness is often considered expendable by the completely inane. In any event that was the manner of the British commanders disposition towards the great men of Australia caught up in the war against the Turks. John McDermott (formerly of Scotland and low living in Canada) has sung the great song "and the band played waltzing matilda" which speaks to this war and its devastation on a good bancha men that should never have bothered to make the sacrifice as it was not worth the price for us collectively considering alternatives at hand. This is a must have movie in every library, however although I never reveal an ending I have to tell you not to bother if you cant handle tragedy and grief befalling those of our own best souls.
- 42634594@delete...Oct 12, 2006by
Excellent Mel Gibson film about the ANZACs
Absolutely outstanding 2005 issue DVD film about the invasion of Turkey in WWI. Gallipoli was a major battle for Australian - New Zealand (ANZACs) and is still remembered in those countries. Excellent special effects! The acting is very good (but I usually like Mel Gibson in anything) although it is somewhat unusual by today's standards. Quite exciting and based on facts - worth seeing! Please note that this film is reviewed with no knowledge as to the seller.
- 401119539@delet...Sep 15, 2008by
Gallipoli - Classic Mel Gibson
Well, this is a great movie. If you like movies with great dialog, character development, and a storyline that will keep you involved than this is for you. It's a war movie describing true events in WW1. However it shows the not so glorious side of the war (esp. near the end!). This is one of the few movies that includes Mel Gibson before he was the icon that he is today. A great flick!!!