The Lighthorsemen

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The Lighthorsemen ★★★ 1987 (PG-13)

Compelling WWI drama follows several battle-hardened men of the Australian Light-Horse mounted infantry stationed in the Middle Eastern desert and the new recruit who joins their ranks and craves acceptance. Superbly filmed, particularly the final battle scene which pits the Aussies against the Turks for control of the wells at Beersheba. Fine performance by Andrews in this epic which contains the essential elements of a good war movie—horses, guns, and more horses. Originally filmed at 140 minutes. Good companion film for another Aussie WWI saga: “Gallipoli.” 110m/C VHS . AU Jon Blake, Peter Phelps, Tony Bonner, Bill Kerr, Nick Waters, John Walton, Tim McKenzie, Sigrid Thornton, Anthony Andrews, Shane Briant, Gary Sweet, Gerard Kennedy; D: Simon Wincer; W: Ian Jones; C: Dean Semler; M: Mario Millo.