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Film / Beneath Hill 60

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Beneath Hill 60 is a 2010 Australian war film about the Trench War. In 1916 the Australian mining engineer Oliver Woodward enlists in the army and is affected as new officer of a mining section, in the Western European trenches. Their mission is to dig under German trenches in order to set a powerful explosive device.

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  • Anyone Can Die: Although the amount of alive characters is quite high at the end, who will die and who will stay alive isn't obvious.
  • Big, Bulky Bomb: Their mission is to dig under a German headquarter and plant one under it.
  • Buried Alive: What usually happens if you're caught in underground explosion and survive the blast.
  • Flashback: Although the main story occurs in the trenches, there are several flashbacks from Woodward memories of the previous years in Australia. The viewer understands at the end that the full story is itself a flash-back. The non-dated beginning sequence which shows Woodward wearing a formal uniform, followed by a cut putting him in the trenches of 1916, is shown again at the very end of the movie. He was preparing himself for his wedding, after the end of the war.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Commonwealth and German soldiers are both described as decent guys.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Colonel Rutledge just after ordering Walter Sneddon to go to his death. Sneddon just left his watch post to warn Woodward that the Germans mining team was near his bait - digging a fake tunnel to deceive the German from finding the real - and Rutledge orders him to go back to his watchpost. Second after the Germans make the tunnel explode.
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  • Reasonable Authority Figure: General Lambert, who respects Woodward and overrules Rutledge on several occasions.


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