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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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World War II 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.

Director:

Mel Gibson

Writers:

Robert Schenkkan (screenplay by), Andrew Knight (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Desmond Doss
Richard Pyros ... Teach
Jacob Warner ... James Pinnick
Milo Gibson ... Lucky Ford
Darcy Bryce ... Young Desmond
Roman Guerriero Roman Guerriero ... Young 'Hal' Doss
James Lugton ... Hiker
Kasia Stelmach ... Hiker's Friend
Hugo Weaving ... Tom Doss
Rachel Griffiths ... Bertha Doss
Jarin Towney Jarin Towney ... Teenage Boy
Tim McGarry ... Local Man
Tyler Coppin ... Lynchburg Doctor
Teresa Palmer ... Dorothy Schutte
Richard Platt Richard Platt ... Flirting Hospital Soldier
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Storyline

The true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, was awarded 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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Based on the incredible true story. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,190,758, 6 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,209,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,302,354
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Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The weapon Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) is using is an M3, .45-cal. ACP submachine gun, known as the "Grease Gun" or "Greaser". It received its name because it resembles the common garage tool. It came into use late in the war, supplanting the venerable Thompson submachine gun ("Tommy Gun"). It was not a general-issue weapon to infantrymen; normally it was meant to be the crew weapon on a tank due to its compactness, firepower, and maneuverability in confined spaces like in a tank, or for officers, both non-commissioned and commissioned, and special units. Many, however, did find their way to regular frontline troops in mid 1944. Initially, the M3 was not popular; it had some mechanical faults and did not look like a reliable weapon to the soldiers using them, especially when compared to the more elegant Thompson, but the M3 eventually won their respect with its advantages and effectiveness in action. The feed system consisted of a thirty-round detachable box magazine. This earlier-model weapon had a cocking lever on the side that you can see during some scenes in the movie if you look closely. Later models (M3A1) were charged by simply pulling back on the bolt by inserting your finger into a recess in the bolt, with the M3's handle eliminated due to complaints of it breaking under rigorous use. The M3A1 wire stock included a tab to help load magazines, the ends were threaded to accept a cleaning brush to clean the barrel as well as being used as a wrench to unscrew the barrel for disassembly. The M3A1 went on to serve the U.S. Army from the end of World War II up to its own replacement by the M4 carbine in the 1990s, commonly accompanying tank crewmen. Some examples may have served for longer in the U.S. Military, and other nations continue to use them actively. The weapon was manufactured by, among others, General Motors Headlight Division, and cost about twenty dollars apiece, as opposed to the Thompson, which cost about one hundred dollars apiece, even after being simplified. In 2016, the unit cost to manufacture the M3 was approximately two hundred eight dollars. See more »

Goofs

Sgt Howell and his men are moving forward under heavy fire from a Japanese pillbox. Howell orders a bazooka strike on the pillbox, which blows it to smithereens, revealing a second pillbox behind the first, its machine gun killing more of Howell's men. Instead of simply ordering another quick and effective bazooka strike, Howell inexplicably sends two men crawling under heavy fire toward the pillbox with a satchel charge - which makes no tactical sense in that scenario whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Why We Fight: Prelude to War
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Performed by Frank Capra
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Hacksaw Ridge: an emotional journey alongside the war-hero, Desmond Doss.
8 October 2016 | by gregorysmith-82520See 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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