Monday, October 24, 2011
TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #237 " GALLIPOLI " (1981)
As is true of most anti war films,"Gallipoli" is set during the First World War. The real star of the film is Mark Lee, a top runner from the Australian outback convinced to join the service and fight for Queen and Country. Mel Gibson has a significant and ultimately sympathetic role as a competing runner who also enlists. Knowing what we know about real events there is an overwhelming sense of fate that pervades the film and its stars.
This great film was directed by Australia's greatest, Peter Weir. A sobering account about real lives being uselessly slaughtered.