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To End All Wars (2001)

 -  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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Camp Doctor Coates
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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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japanese | jungle | freedom | bushido | escape | See more »

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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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2 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última das Guerras  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The opening prologue states: "The following account is based on actual events during World War II, when 61,000 Allied POWs were forced to build the Thailand-Burma Railway." See more »

Goofs

The camp in the film seems to hold about 200 prisoners. The real camps on the railway held 1000s. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Coates: [examining newly arrived POWs] Relish your health now, gentlemen: it's the last you'll see of it.
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LA NA CRUINNE (END OF TIME)
Written and Performed by Maire Brennan
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powerful story
6 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

In a Japanese POW camp, a Scottish band of soldiers learns about a very different culture - the hard way. They also learn from the more refined and educated among them the meaning of serving each other and their enemies, to the point of self-sacrifice.

The film begins rather slowly (and overly-sentimental) but becomes an incredible story with great acting and characters, powerful philosophy and imagery. Many gripping moments of self-realization, facing reality and appreciation for life and death. The depth of relationships, self-sacrifice and lessons learned leaves the audience with a lot to process. Overall, very inspiring and well-made.


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