Gallipoli: Film Review

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GALLIPOLI: Film ReviewDirector:Peter WeirProducers:Patricia Lovell &Executive Producer:Francis O' BrienRobert StigwoodScreenplay:Michael WilliamsonYear of Production:1981Characters:Archie Hamiltonplayed byMark LeeFrank Dunneplayed byMel GibsonBillyplayed bySnowyplayed byBarneyplayed bySettings:The three settings that were shown in the film Gallipoli were in Western Australia, Egypt and Gallipoli.The first setting in the film was Archie in Western Australia. The earth was red and orange it was really dusty and it was a wide-open space with not many houses nearby. There were shrubs around and a few trees, but most of the land was just dirt.The following setting was in Egypt at the training grounds for the soldiers. The climate was extremely hot and sand was everywhere. The dunes and pyramids made it a good place to train because it is very hard to run in soft sand. The market place was very busy with Egyptians trying to rip off the Australians with there unreasonable prices.The Gallipoli scenes seemed to me to be pretty realistic, although a lot of people thought that they would have liked the film more if it had captured the true horror that would have been there. Apparently the conditions in which the soldiers had to live in were much worse then shown in the film. The exceedingly bright lighting seemed to illustrate how the climate would have been. Disgustingly hot, tiring and miserably sunny.. The distance between the Turks and the Australians' trenches were only shown about 10-20 metres away from each other, this would have been an accurate spacing in the war.Main Characters:Archie - Was an 18 year old who wanted to join the Anzac's. He lived on a homestead with his family. His Uncle was his trainer for sprinting, Archie was a fast runner who had won the Kimberley Gift in less than 10 seconds, he beat Frank who came in second. They both became good friends on the journey to enlist in the war. Archie was looking for adventure and excitement when he joined the lighthorse, he thought that if he went over he would be helping his countrymen. He tried to enlist in his hometown, but people knew him and they told the soldiers so he tried his luck in Perth with Frank. Archie had no idea of what the war would be like, he was too ambitious like a lot of the other soldiers and he thought he would come back a hero.Frank - Was a young man from Perth who was a good runner, but he wasn't as good as Archie. He meets Archie at the Race they had discussions about the war. Frank at first didn't want to go to war, he thought that everybody that goes there is on a suicide mission. He eventually joins when he sees how much recognition the men that go to war get, especially from the women. Frank was positive that he would not join the infantry, he wanted to join the lighthorse with Archie, but he came from the city and he had know idea on how to ride a horse. He tried to enlist in the lighthorse but was unsuccessful this made him change his mind about joining the...

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