Gallipoli (1981) - Adventure, Drama, History

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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 25 out of 142 found boring (17.6%)

One-line Reviews (86)

The last 10 minutes is some of the most intense battle scenes I've ever seen and it actually brought a tear to my eye watching the charges.

However, it does seem a bit slow by contemporary standards.

Gripping story of friendship and the brutal cost of war .

A must see film especially for those of you who were as a child, dragged to Remembrance Day services rain or shine and didn't know why.

Its strengths are some breathtaking cinematography and a terrific lead performance from Mel Gibson.

It's the beginning of a coming of age story.

The Film's Finale Portrays this Trench Warfare in a Gripping Third Act that Punctuates the Poetry Displayed in the First Two Thirds with its Excellent Cinematography and Lush Warm Colors.

There is intense feeling throughout whilst waiting for the battle and there is a deep plot towards the end to see whether they actually go ahead with it.

But the final half hour is gripping and stunning and leaves a great after-effect; it's the true highlight of the film.

Rare, and stunning.

I loved all of Peter Weir's movies, "The Mosquito Coast" is my favorite movie, "Witness", "Year Of Living Dangerously", and "Dead Poets Society" were all excellent as well, even the lesser "Green Card" was very enjoyable.

Gorgeous color photography of bleak landscapes and battle scenes and colorful Turkish scenes of soldiers on liberty is stunning to behold.

Absolutely stunning camerawork and acting, and an ending that breaks your heart.

Coming of age drama .

There is nothing more however, no plot element or characterization that would make the viewer even blink twice.

between lulls in the fighting we would dash to the beach, nicknamed Brighton Beach, and take a swim.

An anti-war movie with very good performances by Lee and Gibson (before getting lost in empty blockbusters).

Ni redeeming feature in this slow vapid untasty drag.

It was extremely entertaining and had my full interest the entire time.

He can make the most banal concept seem thrilling and suspenseful; a perfect example is the Harrison Ford film "Witness.

A slow and boring film at first that seems much longer than 115 minutes.

They're only missing a more compelling history together.

This is a waste of time of 120 minutes.

All in all, I would say that this is worth watching if you're into this sort of movie.

They are all automatons, whether their motivation comes from within (Frank Dunne), or from some Australian war propaganda (everyone else in the film).

The story was pretty good, but everything moves to slow, and the Australian accents are rather thick.

These scenes demonstrate the horrible truth of war, that healthy young men with lives ahead of them are destroyed forever in a single, pointless instance.

I wanted to learn more about the war but this was soooo dry and boring...

his performances are always riveting and moving.

His happy-go-lucky personality is quite likable and makes him a character enjoyable to watch on screen.

Much acclaimed story about the doomed Anzac WWI campaign , it's turns out to be a touching and powerful film , nonetheless includes a predictable but riveting final .

We love these two men, different as they are, and it is because we love them that we are on the edge of our seats, feeling that this war threatens us personally.

The most gripping scene in the film is the final one, just before the third useless wave goes over the top to its death, the wave that Lee is part of.

It was on with The Kentucky Fried Movie, which me and my folks left early in that one.

A good movie with too many slow passages.

Overall Gallipoli should be watched as a piece of propaganda and no more!

A shameful waste of life .

Gripping, great story, humour and a soundtrack featuring Jean Michel Jarre.

The last 15 minutes or so are the most gripping in the entire film.

Some interesting moments, but altogether too slow.

Several years after seeing "Gallipoli" I was watching a sitcom at home, when my mood suddenly shifted from amusement to intense sadness.

Good but slow .

especially during the first half of the film, in the outback with minimal characters on the screen, the camera work was stunning.

The tired old cliché of Anglophobia in Australian cinema has not dated well.

Terribly Slow, Not Engaging And Very Cold .

Gallipoli is a visually stunning and utterly compelling WWI classic.

I've noticed a number of people saying Gallipoi was too slow, too Australian.

Some may be bored by this movie.

"Gallipoli" is a great film - slow, subtle, low-key.

It is too slow, sometimes painfully slow in parts.

7.5/10 (slow beginning, often boring until midway through)

The pointI still think that this is an excellent movie, and I highly recommend it, unless you have a very short attention span.

An engrossing movie with one of the best endings in cinema.

The compelling poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, together with Lewis Milestone's searing masterpiece `All Quiet on the Western Front', based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel of The Great War, had convinced me as a teenager that there was no glory in war.

The story is compelling and although the two main protagonists are fictional, their story is not too far from the truth, the naive romantic ideals young men at the time had of the war, it would be over by Christmas, it would be a picnic etc, then when the nightmare of reality hit home was again excellently done.

Overall, a moving story as I can bear the slow plot.

What I didn't like about his most recent - "Master & Commander" - is that it used special effects (exteriors of ships, etc.) and action sequences (raging storms) to compensate for the slow bits...

This silences Archy, displaying the film's obvious anti-war message that young men go off to war wanting to be courageous heroes, but when they face the dark reality that war is a colossal waste of life.

How fascinating to know how wrong I could be.

Peter Weir's Gallipoli, is a breathtaking story of friendship that culminates with the ANZACS ill-fated offensive against the turks in the Dardinelles in 1915 and has an ending that makes All Quiet On The Western Front look like a Nuremberg Rally.

Not only that the acting is superb, the script is great, the few jokes are perfectly placed and the end is the most gripping piece I've ever seen.

and came across (to me anyway) as quite dull and down-trodden.

The story is a bit ponderous for the first half, gradually building up the relationship of two youths who become the best of mates once they both enter the armed forces.

In this respect, the film is appropriately lulled by the album Oxygène (Jean-Michel Jarre, 1976) for the sequences full of hope and carefree, camaraderie and friendship and the adagio of Albinoni (Remo Giazotto, 1945) for the poignant sequences of courage and sacrifice.

The Brits had dozens, so Peter Weir becomes a little too self-indulgent in portraying the "Australian sacrifice".

This is an atypical movie, one well worth watching.

An exciting Australia drama.

You are forced to reflect over the pointless sides of war, and what motivated those who enlisted.

However, it had some flaws that in the end made this a really pointless film.

For the most part this is a slow and beautifully shot human drama, featuring a youthful Mel Gibson acting well alongside the unknown Mark Lee.

""For nearly three months the Army tried to make soldiers of us by taking us on long, boring marches and teaching us how to parade, but we felt it was a waste of time and many found the military discipline hard to take.

Being a runner myself, the beginning was more entertaining and I could relate to some of their experiences("Girls run, men box!

A bit slow for viewers who are looking for the usual level of action in a war film.

This, being the first film about this war of great losses, for some reason is just entertaining and absorbing, and I don't know what it is.

This film furthered Weir's path of greatness along which he has proven his creative flexibility not only in Australia as one of its most talented directors, but also in Hollywood with the successes of his engrossing `Witness', the inspiring `Dead Poet's Society' and his surreally brilliant latest `The Truman Show'.

This exciting picture contains epic friendship , mythic races , a wonderful relationship and a gripping commentary on the wastes of WWI .

" I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys slower films and can appreciate character-driven dramas.

The very last shot of the film is stunning, as a horrible image is frozen on screen.

Gibson recalls a young Paul Newman in his portrayal, opening with endlessly compelling charm and slowly peeling back the layers to reveal a fragile, deeply vulnerable person underneath.

The trench warfare is well made and culminates in the pointless and hopeless charge.

Boring fly-ridden Aussie landscape with nothing to look st. Terribly dry and very dull.

On gets so distracted by it that it's hard to follow the movie.

Peter Weir knew exactly what he wanted to say about the tragic events of "The Great War" at Anzac Cove, the waste of life, the mateship and the hardships.

Coming to watch Gallipoli again, I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it.

Similarly, Bruce Smeaton's organ strains though highly in keeping for the time, have been knocked for their inclusion in Weir's seminal `Picnic at Hanging Rock', which yet again combined the stunning photography of Russell Boyd, with the haunting mix of Mozart, Beethoven and contemporary pan pipes from Zamfir.

I am a combat veteran of the great U S Army and the finale of this stunning film made me weep.