THEATER 1 Sat, Jun 15 3:00 PM
THEATER 1 Wed, Jun 19 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1965
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sidney Lumet
Cast:Sean Connery
Harry Andrews
Ian Bannen
Alfred Lynch
Ossie Davis


THE HILL may not have the name recognition as Lumet’s SERPICO, but it packs the same anti-establishment wallop that Lumet is so adept at delivering. Here, the rotten system is the British Army. In a North African military detention center during World War II, five British soldiers (including Bond-era Sean Connery) who have been convicted of a litany of infractionsgoing AWOL, getting drunk, refusing ordersare subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the sadistic Staff Sergeant Williams (Ian Hendry). As the prisoners struggle to maintain their dignity and sanity in the face of overwhelming oppression, THE HILL becomes a powerful meditation on masculinity and the dynamics of power in the military. Of his simple but effective film Lumet noted, “It’s all character—a group of men, prisoners and jailers alike, driven by the same motive force: fear."