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Gallipoli

Director:  Peter Weir
Year Released:  1981
Rating:  2.0

Two young men (Mark Lee, Mel Gibson) leave their families to go to fight for Australia, but their bright-eyed, painfully ignorant ideas of glory get trounced when they realize that war is not all pride and honor - it's suffering and death. Unfortunately, things play out with indifference, and I personally never cared for any of it, the story or the characters. Perhaps it's because I never quite bought into the latent homosexual Lee-Gibson relationship - they meet by chance at a race (which Lee beats Gibson) and become friends/competitors. There isn't a pulse; it never comes across as being alive, or a completely realized picture, either.

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