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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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$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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The Japanese vehicles are shown as left-hand drive vehicles. Japan has always driven on the left and, unless they acquired captured US (LHD) vehicles, they would have driven right-hand drive vehicles. During the Second World War both Burma and Thailand drove on the left. Thailand still does but Burma changed in 1970. See more »

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Dr. Coates: [examining newly arrived POWs] Relish your health now, gentlemen: it's the last you'll see of it.
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I WILL GO (CAMPBELL'S THEME)
Written and Performed by Maire Brennan
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Powerful in the way that Schindler's List was powerful
14 January 2005 | by (Derbyshire) – See all my reviews

Most of the reviews I've read of this film use the word "powerful" to describe it, and I will too. It's powerful because it's realistic; no stereotyped good guys or bad guys here (it's based on a true story, after all), and yet plenty of cruelty and some kindness, which leads to an exploration of themes such as justice and mercy in a way that (at last) doesn't lead to boredom or cynicism. It's *not* a light relief to watch this -- but nor was Schindler's List, possibly the only other prison-camp movie which matches this one for exploration of human motivation and hope.

Oh, and it stars a crop of very respectable (and largely British) actors. Why, oh why has this never had a cinema release in the UK?


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