Gallipoli (1981)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 7, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Peter Weir's devastating anti-war film features a low-key but emotionally wrenching performance from Mel Gibson as a young soldier fighting in one of World War I's most deadly and horrifying battles.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Classy and lifeless.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Well acted and, within its limited terms, well made, Gallipoli represents a failure of nerve as well as design.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It moved me so terribly.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

An anti-war movie at heart, but it's also flush with patriotic pride.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

The central section devoted to training in Egypt sags badly through its crass buddy antics and its crude caricatures of wogs and pommies.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Gallipoli was, and is, a triumph.

Variety Staff

Against a backdrop broader than his previous outings, Weir has fashioned what is virtually an intimate epic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Graeme Tuckett

Gallipoli remains one of the better World War I dramas yet made, well worth revisiting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
While purported to be about the tragic military engagement that backhandedly put Australian military on the world stage, buried within is a warts-and-all homage… More
Dean McKenna
Fantastic Australian story of two champion runners who volunteer as soldiers in 1915 to see the worlds. The result is thrilling and amusing, thanks to the… More
Dan Schultz
A strong, character-building exercise amongst the backdrop of WWI and the battle of Gallipoli in Turkey, and how two young men (Mark Lee, Mel Gibson), both… More
Thomas Bowler
One of the greatest Australian films ever made. Full review later.
Alex roy
Gallipoli is a superbly crafted war drama from director Peter Weir. Weir assembles a fine cast of talented actors who all give stunning performances. Gallipoli… More
xGary Xx
A small town Australian runner decides to join up for WWI and fight for King and country in the company of streetwise competitor Mel Gibson, but they inevitably… More

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