The Hill [DVD] [1965]

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  • Release Date: 05/05/2015
  • Rating: NR

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    The Hill
    The Hill was unfairly subjected to ridicule by the more obtuse "critics" of 1965 who harped on the fact that it starred Sean Connery and, unlike Connery's Bond pictures, had no women in it. Bypassing these cretinous comments, it must be noted that The Hill is an above-the-norm entry in the "military prison" genre. The film takes place during World War II, in a Libyan stockade for incorrigible British soldiers. The camp's brutal Sergeant Major (Harry Andrews) puts his charges to work on grueling, monotonous and pointless projects to break their spirits. When one rebellious inmate dies due to this treatment, the Sergeant Major is reprimanded by Joe Roberts (Connery), who has been appointed as the prisoners' spokesman. The result is that Roberts is likewise subjected to the most demeaning and humiliating of prison chores -- but his spirit, and that of his comrades, is not so easily crushed. Based on a TV play by Ray Rigby, The Hill should never be seen in any form other than its dusty, parched original black-and-white; the currently available colorized version is a crime against humanity. One problem: The British dialects in the first 20 minutes are so thick that an American viewer practically needs subtitles (British critics chalked this problem up not to elocution but to poor sound recording). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - Joe Roberts
    • Harry Andrews
      Harry Andrews - Sgt. Major Wilson
    • Ian Bannen
      Ian Bannen - Sgt. Charlie Harris
    • Alfred Lynch
      Alfred Lynch - George Stevens
    • Ossie Davis
      Ossie Davis - Jacko King

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great and unique prison movie


      If Marnie showcased Sir Sean's acting potential outside of 007, The Hill (sandwiched between Goldfinger & Thunderball) confirmed it for all time. Connery is one of five new prisoners (the others being Ossie Davis, Roy Kinnear, Alfred Lynch, & Jack Watson) admitted to a British military prison in Libya. They begin to turn on the sadistic warden (Ian Hedry) after his harsh tactics leads to the death of one of them while climbing the hill of the title. The black & white photography adds to the harshness of the production. The viewer feels the suffering of the characters which is a testament to the acting brilliance of this film. Although it was all but ignored in its 1965 release, it paved the way for other films such as Midnight Express & Brokedown Palace.

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