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Australia's answer to Chariots of Fire, similarly buoyed up by a fulsome nationalistic fervour, and coincidentally also featuring two sprinters whose friendly rivalry leads not to the Olympic track but to the World War I battlefront of Gallipoli. Expensively and handsomely shot, the Gallipoli reconstructions (complete with conventional message about the waste of war) are impressively done. Much less appealing, the central section devoted to training in Egypt sags badly through its crass buddy antics and its crude caricatures of wogs and pommies.

Release details

Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Weir
Screenwriter: David Williamson
Cast: Mark Lee
Mel Gibson
Bill Hunter
Robert Grubb
Tim McKenzie
David Argue
Bill Kerr
Ron Graham
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