Gallipoli (1981 film)

1981 film directed by Peter Weir

Gallipoli is a 1981 film about two Australian sprinters who face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Directed by Peter Weir. Written by David Williamson.
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Frank Dunne

  • [to Archy] The thing I can't stand about you, mate, is you're always so bloody cheerful.


  • Major Barton: [to the soldiers] All right men... we're going. But I want you to remember who you are. You are the 10th Light Horse! Men from Western Australia. Don't forget it. Good luck.
  • Sgt. Sayers: As you all know, this morning's exercise involves a frontal assault on an enemy trench, the enemy being some "gentlemen" from the Light Horse. These "gentlemen," presumably because their arses are higher from the ground than ours, tend to assume airs of superiority. But, they won't have their horses with them today, so I want you to go out there this morning, and short of actually killing them, show them the stuff the infantry is MADE OF! [soldiers cheer]


Jack: What are your legs?
Archy: Springs. Steel springs.
Jack: What are they going to do?
Archy: Hurl me down the track.
Jack: How fast can you run?
Archy: As fast as a leopard.
Jack: How fast are you going to run?
Archy: As fast as a leopard!
Jack: Then let's see you do it!

Army Doctor: Teeth aren't all that good.
Snowy: Supposed to shoot the enemy mate, not bite them.

Archy: You of all people should be going.
Frank: Why me of all people?
Archy: 'Cause you're an athlete.
Frank: [laughs] What's that got to do with it?
Archy: I've got mates who'd be lucky to do the hundred in twelve and they're going to do their bit, so why shouldn't you?
Frank: Because it's not our bloody war.
Archy: What do you mean, not our war?
Frank: It's an English war. It's got nothing to do with us.
Archy: You know what you are? A bloody coward.
Frank: There's only one reason why I haven't knocked you down mate.
Archy: What?
Frank: 'Cause I don't feel like carrying you to the next bloody water hole. Now shut up and don't open your yap about the war again!

Frank: Have another drink.
Archy: Whiskey doesn't make you look old.
Frank: Oh, doesn't it just? Have you seen my dad? I know he looks like a wreck, but he's really 35.

Archy: What are you going to join, the Infantry?
Frank: Not joining anything.
Archy: But you gotta be in it.
Frank: Don't have to if you don't want to.
Archy: You gotta be.
Frank: No I don't. It's a free country, or haven't you heard.

Major Barton: What your telling me Sir and correct me if I'm wrong, is that the infantry attack on Lone Pine, and our attack on the Nek are diversions.
Col. Robinson: They're not just diversions Major, vital important diversions. Tonight, 25,000 British troops will land here at Suvla Bay. Our attacks are to draw the Turks down on us so the British can get ashore. Sorry I didn't tell you this before, secrecy is vital.
Major Barton: But Sir, the Nek is a fortress. Protected by at least five machine guns at point-blank range.
Col. Robinson: Yeah, we've considered that Barton. We're gonna hit their trenches with the heaviest barrage of the campaign just before your men go over the top.
Artillery Officer: By the time we've finished here, there won't be a Turk within miles.
Col. Robinson: The Turks can keep us pinned down at ANZAC forever. This new British landing is our only hope. We must do what we can to make it succeed. Because of it does succeed, we'll have Constantinople with a week, and knock Turkey out of the war.

Col. Robinson: Tell Major Barton that the attack must proceed.
Frank: Sir, I don't think you've got the picture. They are being cut down before they can get five yards.
Col. Robinson: Bloody line! I don't care! Our marker flags have been seen in the Turkish trenches. The attack is to continue at all costs.
Frank: But...
Col. Robinson: I repeat, the attack must proceed!

Col. Robinson: [on the telephone] Those men of the third wave should have gone, Barton. Marker flags were seen.
Major Barton: Not by me, sir. I've asked for confirmation from General Gardner.
Col. Robinson: Your orders are to attack and you'll do so immediately! The British at Suvla must be allowed to get ashore! Is that clear? You are to push on!
Major Barton: It's cold blooded murder!
Col. Robinson: I said push on!
Major Barton: Yes sir.

Major Barton: Marker flags? Who told him there were marker flags?
Lt. Grey: I heard someone say they'd seen one sir.
Major Barton: Who? WHO?
Lt. Grey: I'm not sure sir.
Major Barton: Grey, you bloody idiot! Nobody got further than ten yards!
Frank: Why don't you go above Robinson's head sir?
Major Barton: To General Gardner, go like the wind!

Archy: We don't stop them there, they could end up here.
Camel Driver: And they're welcome to it.

Camel Driver: [talking about the war] How did it start?
Archy: Don't know exactly, but it was the German's fault.


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