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Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

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In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.

Director:

Jeremy Sims (as Jeremy Hartley Sims)

Writer:

David Roach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Cowell ... Oliver Woodward
Alan Dukes ... Jim Sneddon
Alex Thompson Alex Thompson ... Walter Sneddon
Harrison Gilbertson ... Frank Tiffin
Duncan Young Duncan Young ... Tom Dwyer
Steve Le Marquand ... Bill Fraser
Gyton Grantley ... Norman Morris
Warwick Young ... Percy Marsden
Mark Coles Smith ... Billy Bacon
Martin Thomas ... Ginger O'Donnell
Oliver Leimbach Oliver Leimbach ... Screaming Soldier
Anthony Hayes ... William McBride
Leon Ford ... Lt. Robert Clayton
Fletcher Illidge Fletcher Illidge ... Colin Waddell
Morgan Illidge Morgan Illidge ... Gordon Waddell
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The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War. Written by David Roach

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The silent war See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war and violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 April 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath Hill 60 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD8,140,500 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,440,939
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A camouflet is an artificial cavern created by an explosion. If the explosion reaches the surface then it is called a crater. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver Woodward arrives on the Western Front in 1916, it is a sea of mud with continual rain. In reality, his unit arrived in May - springtime - and the weather was sunny and bright. When Woodward leads the raid to blow up a German machine-gun nest, it is a sea of mud the whole way. But in reality, the raid took place on June 11, just before the start of summer. See more »

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Mademoiselle from Armentieres
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Sung by Australian soldiers with modified bawdy lyrics
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Everyone should see this
23 November 2012 | by donb-519-335075See all my reviews

An outstanding portrayal of the Messines Ridge battles - a part of the overall series of battles in WWI around Ypres in Belgium. Anyone who knows anything about WWI will recognize the incredible fighting and human misery surrounding the 3 major Ypres battles. For a great depiction of these battles - read A Storm in Flanders - by Winston Groom -one of the best histories of the Great War.

The movie works on all levels - some of the other reviews state that Aussies should see this - I disagree - everyone who is interested in how the free world defended against German aggression need to see this. I am a WWI junkie, but I believe this movie will appeal to a very wide audience.

A few of the good points: Realism - this movie focuses on many small details which give it great credibility: clipping canaries nails; covering your coffee cup when there is an explosion (to keep dirt from falling in); continual rain and mud (can you say Passchendaele?) ; unbelievable living conditions; the cat and mouse game being played under ground where both sides were trying to discover the others mines; prejudice against the miners/sappers as not being real soldiers; and the death of the father (you'll see what I mean).

This is one of the finest war movies I have seen (and I've seen a lot.) I really hope you will take this one in. Then, the next time you are in London - go to the Imperial War Museum for an in depth look at WWI & II. Cheers DonB


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