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To End All Wars (2001)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  2 September 2001 (USA)
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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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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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In a jungle war of survival, they learned sacrifice. In a prison of brutal confinement, they found true freedom. See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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

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A Última das Guerras  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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When the POW camp is liberated by US forces, the US infantry are paratroopers.This can be seen by the distinct uniform and camouflaged helmets. Although the 11th Airborne division did fight in the Pacific theater, they fought in the Philippines. As the movies takes place in Thailand, it is impossible that the camp was liberated by an Airborne division. See more »

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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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I WILL GO (CAMPBELL'S THEME)
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Seriously powerful and well done.
7 July 2004 | by (Oregon, US) – See all my reviews

I have never had a movie have the effect this one had on me. This movie makes other movies look shallow and weak in my opinion. It made me really think about life, and the acting was so good. Not just another war movie, To End All Wars takes the true story of Ernest Gordon and veteran Argyle soldiers to the screen in a way that will turn your heart inside out. I honestly can't explain the effect this movie had on me, me and my friends sat silent as it ended out of astonishment. I recommend this movie to everyone I talk to about movies. It's a breath of fresh air because it makes some strong statements about morality and forgiveness, and is written beautifully.


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