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: 88% 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.

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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Luis Martínez
El Mundo (Spain)

Is not just a war film, it aims to be much more than a personal self-improvement story. [Full review in Spanish]

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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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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Emanuel Levy

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

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TV Guide

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.

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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.

Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... 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.

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The friendship between town and country boys Lee and Gibson is real and personal, and the final shot transcends cliche.

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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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