If you watch only one movie about war,
this would be the one.
Before special effects, before big budgets,
before the hype, even before the big-name stars...
This is a story of humanity and futility.
Gallipoli (d. Peter Weir|1981) may be 25 years old,
but its impact in inescapable.
"From a place you've never heard of,
comes a story you'll never forget."
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An outstanding drama, Gallipoli resonates with sadness long after you have seen it. Set during World War I, this brutally honest antiwar movie was cowritten by director Peter Weir. Mark Lee and a sinfully handsome Mel Gibson are young, idealistic best friends who put aside their hopes and dreams when they join the war effort. This character study follows them as they enlist and are sent to Gallipoli to fight the Turks. The first half of the film is devoted to their lives and their strong friendship. The second half details the doomed war efforts of the Aussies, who are no match for the powerful and aggressive Turkish army. Because the script pulls us into their lives and forces us to care for these young men, we are devastated by their fate. --Rochelle O'Gorman