The Hill

The Hill

Sean Connery
Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Sean Connery
Sean Connery
, Harry Andrews
Harry Andrews
, Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen
Sidney Lumet


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The Hill (1965) was unfairly subjected to ridicule by the more obtuse "critics" of '65 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).

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2015
UPC: 0888574295158
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 9,541

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Joe Roberts
Harry Andrews Sgt. Major Wilson
Ian Bannen Sgt. Charlie Harris
Alfred Lynch George Stevens
Ossie Davis Jacko King
Roy Kinnear Monty Bartlett
Michael Redgrave Medical Officer
Jack Watson Jock McGrath
Ian Hendry Staff Sergeant Williams
Neil McCallum Sgt. Burton
Norman Bird Commandant
Neil McCarthy Sergeant Burton
Howard Goorney Walters
Tony Caunter Martin

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
R.S. Allen Screenwriter
Clifton Brandon Production Manager
Thelma Connell Editor
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Frank Ernst Asst. Director
Elsa Fennell Costumes/Costume Designer
Herbert Smith Art Director
Kenneth Hyman Producer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Art Noel Score Composer,Songwriter
George Partleton Makeup
Don Pelosi Score Composer,Songwriter
Ray Rigby Screenwriter
Pedro Vidal Asst. Director

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