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- kevin sellers
In the honorable genre of the prison camp movie, (which includes "Stalag 17," "Bridge Over The River Kwai," and "A Man Escaped," among other fine entries), this film from the amazingly versatile Sidney Lumet (guy has tackled everything from Chekhov to O'Neill to Serpico) must take a most prominent place. An overpowering vision of institutional hell, this two hour immersion into a sadistic British military prison in North Africa during WW2, complete with a greek chorus of screaming, abusive guards and in the background inmates double timing and engaged in constant calisthenics and mindless drill, while the ever present hill stands as the ultimate symbol of the whole crazy mess will, by the end of its tightly paced two hours, leave the viewer shaken. At least this viewer. As in most Lumet films, where the star system is jettisoned in favor of ensemble acting, (think "12 Angry Men," "The Group," "Bye Bye Braverman") there is no single stand out performance but rather a gallery of acting excellence. Sean Connery may get top billing, and he is wonderful as the anti authoritarian Sergeant Joe Roberts, but he is complimented by his co stars, especially Ian Hendry as the most despicable of the guards, Harry Andrews as Hendry's enabler, and Ossie Davis as a prisoner who spectacularly (and comically) snaps. I do have a couple criticisms. Ray Rigby's otherwise terse, forceful screenplay gets a bit meessagey in the final fifteen minutes (particularly the too talky confrontation between Andrews and Connery) and, as a previous reviewer noted, if your ear is, like mine, American rather than British you're gonna struggle with some of the rapid fire dialogue, but otherwise this is first rate stuff. Give it an A.
connery ..sean connery..actor.
this was a movie that put away any doubt if this man could be great in different stories. it took a number of years for some people to think that of him. it really is nice that his volume of work can be valued.the supporting acting talent was venerable and outstanding. the script was framed well..the idea was film a play with more sets. the director did not fear the idea of not going outside emotional action. he did not want physical ..typical action schtick. the director in any movie he made..was like a prospector looking for gold. maybe he would find it ..maybe not..but he wold really go for it. one great thing that can be said about a story..even one people do not like is..it was done as good as could be within its idea. this one should meet that standard.
- Bob Pinto
A powerful movie. It would have been even more so, were I able to understand the language! These British movies require written translation! Still, a very moving picture of the military at its sadistic worst!
The Hill (**** out of 5)
Sean Connery does more than James Bond here, not a true army story from Britian but a story of prisioners being held in a stockade and the corrupt leaders there of. Wonderfully done.
- Joseph Brush
Wonderful performances. This movie couldn't have been made without the star power of Sean Connery to enable the producers to obtain financing for such an offbeat movie.
Connery does not make it
- Big Ed
This movie has an interesting storyline. Connery is NOT the great performance in this film. The entire supporting cast is responsible for making the film great. If you are to give credit where credit is due, in this film, start spreading it around equally.
- mike redmond
Sean Connery at the height of his popularity as James Bond plays a memorable role as a British POW and delivers a solid performance. The scenes climbing up and down the hill of sand and dirt are memorable and the bad relations between the guards are played very well.......Connery looks a lot different minus his hairpiece he wore in James Bond movies......look for Ossie Davis as a prisoner who outperforms everyone in the film.
One of Sean Connery's best movies other than 007.
- Thomas D Hightower Jr
A good Sean Connery movie,lots of backstabbing,finger pointing. But I think Staff Williams is a coward,and scared of Trooper Roberts, that is why it was 3 on 1 not 1 on 1. Ozzie Davis,also a good actor.
Excellent war movie!
Great war drama without one battle scene. The war is between the guards and the prisoners. The futile battle of the downtrodden versus those in power. It also demonstrates that racial prejudice is not just American.
Superb WWII Film
The Hill is a film that definitely needs to be released on DVD. I would never have had an opportunity to see this film if not for TCM. The actors headlined by Sean Connery are superb. The characters are portrayed very realistically,as a viewer you are drawn into their lives and motives. This movie without a doubt is a masterpiece which has been long ignored. This film has been ignored basically because of Connery's Bond association. I hope that DVD release will finally occur and this film, along with director Sydney Lumet and the rest of the cast,will finally have the respect they undoubtly deserve.
An under-rated movie, in my opinion, and a great change of pace for Sean Connery. The Hill demonstrates that the enemy need not be German, Japanese, or any other declared people, but a enemy on our own side.It smacks you in the face with it's brutal treatment of military prisoners who are abused by their own army.The Hill cries out to be on dvd in letterbox format!