The Hill (1965)

4.1 of 5 from 60 ratings
2h 3min
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Synopsis:
North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a man made instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a white-hot sun. And the troops' tormentors are not the enemy, but their own comrades-in-arms. Sean Connery headlines this stark tale of war inside military prison walls. The inmates are soldiers who once defied, rebelled, talked back. The wardens are sadists who perpetrate cruelty in the name of discipline.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Kenneth Hyman
Writers:
Ray Rigby, R.S. Allen
Others:
Herbert Smith, Oswald Morris, Ray Rigby
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1966 BAFTA Best Black and White Cinematography

1965 Cannes Best Screen Play Ex-aequo

BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
English, French, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Vintage Featurette - 'The Sun...The Sand...The Hill'
  • 1965 War Movies Trailer Gallery

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Reviews (1) of The Hill

Harrowing savagery. - The Hill review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
03/12/2012

A depiction of the brutality within the British army, filmed in the sixties, but probably timeless. It avoids tempting allegory for a quite forensic look at the bureaucratic, pitiless, idiotic abuse within armed forces, here, in North Africa. A great showcase for its cast of UK stalwarts that have served in many screen wars. But most importantly, a word for the brilliant black and white photography of Oswald Morris. Which was outstanding.

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