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To End All Wars (2001)

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A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Ian Campbell
Dusty Miller
Sakae Kimura ...
Sgt. Ito
Lt. Col. Stuart McLean
Masayuki Yui ...
Capt. Noguchi
John Gregg ...
Camp Doctor Coates
Shû Nakajima ...
Nagatomo (as Shu Nakajima)
Sgt. Roger Primrose (as Greg Ellis)
Lt. Foxworth
James McCarthy ...
Brendan Cowell ...
Wallace Hamilton
Winton Nicholson ...


A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately they find true freedom by forgiving their enemies. Based on the true story of Ernest Gordon. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war-related violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última das Guerras  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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According to the film's closing epilogue, after World War 2, Captain Ernest Gordon became Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University for twenty-six years (becoming the Reverend Ernest Gordon) whilst former Japanese Imperial Translator Takashi Nagase became a Buddhist monk. Moreover, fifty-five years after World War II, Gordon and former Nagase met at the Death Railway Cementery in Thailand, which is depicted in-part at the end of this film. See more »


When the colonel has just been shot, Keifer Sutherland talks about not being kamikazes if they want to escape the camp. At that time in the war, the term kamikaze would not have been known to Allied soldiers. See more »


Primrose: [to new arrivals] Officers, try to keep your shirt *on*. It'll distinguish you from the grunts, which is about the *only* thing that's keeping us from degenerating into a bloody anarchy.
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Music by John Cameron
Words by John Cameron and Maire Brennan
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haunting and powerful story
20 January 2005 | by (london uk) – See all my reviews

i saw this film as i tend to like films of this type about humanitarian stories, the fact that this one is true actual events made it even more powerful for me. it truly does bring home the facts of what the men from ww11 endured to make our world today as free as it is, and it is films like this one that should be shown as part of history curriculum in high schools. the film was brilliant, brutal, honest, extremely well acted, filmed and managed to touch me to the point of tears. Robert Carlyle was fantastic, as were the rest of the leads, i would give this film 9 out of 10 simply because 10 out of 10 would be perfection and perfection does not exist.

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