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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

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James Pinnick
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Lucky Ford
Darcy Bryce ...
Young Desmond
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James Lugton ...
Hiker
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Hiker's Friend
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Bertha Doss
Jarin Towney ...
Teenage Boy
Tim McGarry ...
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Lynchburg Doctor
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Richard Platt ...
Flirting Hospital Soldier
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The true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. Written by grantss

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Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images | See all certifications »

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4 November 2016 (USA)  »

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The Conscientious Objector  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,190,758 (USA) (4 November 2016)

Gross:

$67,115,062 (USA) (3 March 2017)
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Trivia

The film received a standing ovation lasting nine minutes and 48 seconds at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016. Mel Gibson timed it himself. See more »

Goofs

When Desmond is reading his bible during a break in the assault on the ridge, a close-up of his hand shows an impeccably clean thumb after treating the wounded as they are covered with blood and mud. See more »

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Desmond Doss: Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.
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Featured in The 89th Annual Academy Awards (2017) See more »

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We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap
Words and Music by Bob Miller
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Administered by: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
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Hacksaw Ridge: an emotional journey alongside the war-hero, Desmond Doss.
8 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Hacksaw Ridge is not a film for the feint-hearted. Right away the opening scenes portray the horror of war, and the emotional journey is only beginning as the audience is led through the story of war-hero Desmond Doss. One of the great feats of storytelling from Mel Gibson (director) and Andrew Garfield (leading role, Desmond Doss) is to lead the audience along Doss' journey with a feeling of having experienced the journey as Doss, and experiencing the wide range of emotions endured by this heroic character along his journey.

Neither war itself nor violence are glorified in the film, yet they also not derided. The elements of conflict that draw the storyteller – the heroism of overcoming adversity, the bonding of soldiers, and the brave resolve on which soldiers must rely to perform their duty amidst such chaos and terror – these elements are all present, but they placed alongside the horror, the madness and the terror of war, and used to draw in the audience for Doss' journey. The lasting psychological impact for those who survive conflict is well told by Hugo Weaving's portrayal of Doss' father, whose lines could serve as a mouthpiece for many veterans.

The supporting roles add depth, with both script and performance making very few, if any, of the supporting characters two dimensional. Vince Vaughn's excellent turn as Doss' training sergeant provides both humour and pathos to bring laughs and pause- for-thought at well scripted points of the tale, allowing the audience to gather their breath.

By the end of the film, audience members will leave the cinema feeling tired, worn out by having experienced Doss' journey of hope, innocence, love, confusion, anger, faith, and courage. Hacksaw Ridge is in no way a popcorn-lazy-Sunday-afternoon film; it is a journey.


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