The first of two consecutive films to see director Peter Weir team with Mel Gibson (the other being The Year of Living Dangerously), Gallipoli follows two idealistic young friends, Frank (Gibson) and Archy (Mark Lee), who join the Australian army during World War I and fight the doomed Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. The first half of the film documents the lives of the young men in Australia, detailing their personalities and beliefs. The second half of the movie chronicles the ill-fated and ill-planned battle, where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps is hopelessly outmatched by the enemy forces. Gallipoli was the recipient of eight prizes at the 1981 Australian Film Institute Awards. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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On par with "All quiet on the Western Front" It is clear why this flick was awarded so many accolades. It achieves spectacular balance between character development and war action and depicts one of the many situations when tactical decisions result in human tragedy. I am sure that some critics will deem this an anti-war flick but I consider its realism as a monument to the necessity of combat decisions that measure momentary choices against the greater good. This is a must see for both war-movie buffs and pacifists.
A truely authentic portrayal of the actions of the Aussie's and the Turks at the battle of Gallipoli. This movie deserved the awards it garnered and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys war movies that also provide a history lesson.