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The Hill

1965 2h 3m Drama List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 92% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
Five British soldiers are sent to a detention camp in the Libyan Desert, including Sergeant Major Roberts (Sean Connery), whose conviction for the assault of an officer is shrouded in mystery. As punishment, the vicious Staff Sergeant Williams (Ian Hendry) orders the prisoners to continuously climb a man-made hill in the scorching desert heat. Though his colleague, Staff Sergeant Harris (Ian Bannen), sympathizes with the new detainees, he can only watch as Williams goes to sadistic extremes. Read More Read Less
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Penelope Houston Sight & Sound By the end, it's frenzied shouting laced with TV studio debating points. Mar 31, 2020 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia The conflict, in that prison tinged with a military field that erases any trace of justice, is boring to me, but I instantly recognize aesthetic components that stand out, as well as authentic performances. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Jul 21, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Starkly realistic, uncompromising, and splendidly acted by an all-star cast, headed by Sean Connery, Sideny Lumet's 1985 film is a most powerful prison drama. Rated: A- Apr 21, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Uncompromising look at the inside of a British military prison in North Africa during WW II. Rated: A- May 28, 2009 Full Review John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis The Hill is tense, it's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's everything a good action picture should be, plus it adds a healthy dose of realism and thought. Rated: 7/10 Jun 1, 2007 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 4/5 Sep 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Chuck V Excellent direction from Sidney Lumet might be his best film, the acting was as good as it gets, especially Harry Andrews, might be my favorite film about the military, I'm a veteran and this movie gave me chills, why wasn't this film Oscar nominated? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/28/23 Full Review Shioka O Kinda feel lengthy, because nothing really happen. but acting direction is great as by Sidney Lumet, there are several intense footages. The ending is uncomfortable and grasping. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/02/22 Full Review Audience Member Great story-telling, acting, symbolism, cinematography. One of the best movie's I've ever seen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member My favourite SC film, Lumet directs wonderfully, solid cast, I would say Sc at his best but that is reserved for The Offence ( again Lumet). Gritty, hard and painful struggle shown and felt, it is a must see, in my top 5. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member So this film is about 5 soldiers under sentence at a army jail Sean Connery is a busted sergeant major the other 3 are in jail for various crimes under army law to break them down the rsm who is in charge gets people to run up and down a big sand hill but in this film they the staff want to get to Sean Connery because of what rank he used to be it is worth a watch but only available in black and white due to the age of the movie Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the greatest character studies ever committed to celluloid. This stark and brutal portrayal of life in a British military prison in World War Two, based on the experience of someone who spent time in one of those hell holes, is clearly not to the liking of those who complain about the shouting, or how difficult it is to understand the accents. It's hard to know quite what they were expecting. For the rest of us this film is superbly directed, with outstanding cinematography. Every single actor produced an outstanding performance, with Harry Andrews as the RSM, arguably the best of all. Sean Connery reeling off Kings Regulations while repeating the absurdity of army life, the tragic Stevens, brilliant Roy Kinnear as Bartlett and Ossie Davies' King and his fight against the system and against horrific prejudice. A masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Five British soldiers are sent to a detention camp in the Libyan Desert, including Sergeant Major Roberts (Sean Connery), whose conviction for the assault of an officer is shrouded in mystery. As punishment, the vicious Staff Sergeant Williams (Ian Hendry) orders the prisoners to continuously climb a man-made hill in the scorching desert heat. Though his colleague, Staff Sergeant Harris (Ian Bannen), sympathizes with the new detainees, he can only watch as Williams goes to sadistic extremes.
Director
Sidney Lumet
Producer
Kenneth Hyman
Screenwriter
Ray Rigby
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
2h 3m
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