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.
Cast and crew
Mark Lee Mel Gibson Bill Hunter Robert Grubb Tim McKenzie David Argue Bill Kerr Ron Graham