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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Well acted and, within its limited terms, well made, Gallipoli represents a failure of nerve as well as design."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Set in 1915, Weir's excellent anti-war film centers on the disastrous battle of Gallipoli, featuring an excellent performance by Mel Gibson as a young fleet-footed soldier"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Both a fitting testimony to the courage of the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who died fighting for their country and one of the most powerful cinematic examinations of the futility and tragic cost of war."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Weir goes so far in humanizing Archy and Frank before they head off to the dehumanizing crucible of combat that he commits the greatest sin of all... he's boring"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Regarded as one of the very best Australian film's ever made (with Mad Max and Picnic at Hanging Rock). Mel Gibson in one of first roles, and a touching but ultimately tragic tale of war."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"The central section devoted to training in Egypt sags badly through its crass buddy antics and its crude caricatures of wogs and pommies."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"... deflated the romantic notions of glory under fire to show the reality of Gallipoli and mourn the men who gave up their lives for a war they had no stake in."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The friendship between town and country boys Lee and Gibson is real and personal, and the final shot transcends cliche."
‑ , Film4
"haunting and powerful"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A portrait of WWI that's both personal and epic."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Gallipoli is Australia's quintessential war movie that works as a stirring tribute to the ANZAC's and a condemnation of the travesty which is war."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"One of the best war films ever made....a triumph for the AFI"
‑ Clint Morris, Mediasharx
"Gallipoli is a powerful World War I drama about some Australian soldiers fighting in Turkey that depicts the horror and tragedy of war."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...a moving and memorable experience."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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