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To End All Wars -- At the height of World War II, a small group of retreating Allied soldiers is captured in Singapore. Upon arriving at the camp the POWs are forced by the Japanese to build a railroad. Escape is their first priority, but when their commanding officer is ruthlessly killed by the Japanese Head Guard, the men are left to fend for themselves.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ciarán McMenamin ... Capt. Ernest 'Ernie' Gordon

Robert Carlyle ... Maj. Ian Campbell

Kiefer Sutherland ... Lt. Jim 'Yankee' Reardon

Mark Strong ... Dusty Miller

Yugo Saso ... Takashi Nagase
Sakae Kimura ... Sgt. Ito

James Cosmo ... Lt. Col. Stuart McLean
Masayuki Yui ... Capt. Noguchi
John Gregg ... Camp Doctor Coates
Shû Nakajima ... Nagatomo (as Shu Nakajima)

Greg Ellis ... Sgt. Roger Primrose

Pip Torrens ... Lt. Foxworth
James McCarthy ... Norman

Brendan Cowell ... Wallace Hamilton
Winton Nicholson ... Duncan
Tracy Anderson ... Crazy Man
Duff Armour ... Jan
Robert Jobe ... Lars
Jeremy Pippin ... Young Dutch Soldier

Adam Sinclair ... John
Christopher Gyre ... Cockney
Sergio Jones ... Irishman (as Sergio Alarcon)
Kelli Walchek ... Scottish Mother
Jonathan Chapman ... Server

Robert Lee ... Captain Paratrooper
Richard Joseph Lafond Jr. ... American Soldier (as Richard Lafond Jr.)
Ben Huddleston ... Young Scot (as Benjamin A. Huddleston)
Daryl Bonilla ... Young POW
Clyde Yamashita ... Japanese NCO

Joji Yoshida ... Guard #1
Koji Haga ... Guard #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Gordon ... Himself (uncredited)
Masa Kanome ... Soldier (uncredited)
Nick Meaney ... (uncredited)
Takashi Nagase ... Himself (uncredited)

Teddy Sears ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Directed by
David L. Cunningham 
Writing credits
Ernest Gordon (book)

Brian Godawa (screenplay)

Produced by
David L. Cunningham .... producer
Sybil Danning .... executive producer
Penelope L. Foster .... co-producer
Enock N. Freire .... associate producer
Jack Hafer .... producer
Nava Levin .... line producer
Edwin L. Marshall .... associate producer
Greg Newman .... executive producer
Page Ostrow .... co-producer
John Quested .... executive producer
Scott Walchek .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Cameron 
Cinematography by
Greg Gardiner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Silano 
Casting by
Allison Cowitt 
Mike Fenton 
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Patrick Lumb 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May 
Costume Design by
Tami Mor  (as Tammy Mor)
Rina Ramon 
Makeup Department
Christopher Burdett .... special makeup technician
Anna Harasimiak .... makeup department head
Emily Katz .... key makeup artist
Kea Katz .... additional makeup artist
Susan Kelber .... head hair stylist (as Susan J. Kelber)
Erin Lyons .... makeup artist
Cheryl Markowitz .... makeup artist
Joanne Ryan .... additional makeup artist
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... special makeup effects artist
Stella Tzanidakis .... makeup artist (as Stella)
Production Management
Philippa Atterton .... production manager: Scotland
Roy Benson .... post-production supervisor
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Jordan Dawes .... post-production supervisor
Lizz Grant .... production supervisor
Nava Levin .... unit production manager
Verne Nobles .... executive in charge of production
John Orland .... post-production supervisor
Piya Pestonji .... unit production manager: Thailand
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cara McCastlain .... second assistant director
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine .... first assistant director
Eileen O'Brien .... second second assistant director (as Eileen Sue O'Brien)
Don Poquette .... first assistant director
Fay Selby .... first assistant director: additional Scotland second unit
Lon Takiguchi .... second second assistant director
J.B. Tyson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Randy Bauling .... storyboard artist
Richard Beach .... head greensman
Brian 'Junior' Chebatoris .... greens person
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator
David Dahlberg .... construction foremen
Don Dalstra .... construction foremen
Mitchell Fedi .... assistant props
Dana Gonsalves .... constructor
Michael J. Gregg .... greens person
Leo 'The Wheel' Hagen .... greens person
Alfred Hammond .... constructor
Kory Hellebust .... on-set dresser
Gene Henry .... constructor
Gabriel Higgins .... property master
Ics .... property master
Jesse Jimenez .... stand-by scenic artist
Andrew Kahale .... constructor
Ken Larson .... property associate
Brenda Leigh .... charge scenic artist
Harold Leone .... constructor
Chucka Lopes .... constructor
José López .... constructor
Raymond López .... constructor
Nicholas May .... lead person
David McNelly .... construction foremen
Naomi Olson .... constructor
Darall Pascua .... constructor
Kevin Reed .... constructor
Chris Reiner .... stand-by carpenter
Edith Stadig .... assistant designer
Thomas Tin .... constructor
Kelly Tissot .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Lydia Andrew .... assistant sound editor
Paul Aulicino .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Brian Blamey .... sound effects editor
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
William Cawley .... sound assistant
Simon Chase .... assistant sound editor
Bradley Clouse .... first assistant sound editor
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith A. Garcia .... additional sound recordist
Daniel Hastings .... boom operator
John Ireland .... dialogue editor
Ben Jacob .... sound mixer (as Itamar Ben-Jacob)
Chai Khongsirawat .... sound mixer: Thailand
David MacMillan .... boom operator: Scotland
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Dennis McTaggart .... sound effects editor
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Pipat Puengmai .... boom operator: Thailand
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Andy Thompson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Walston .... sound designer
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Jack Whittaker .... sound editor
Robin Whittaker .... assistant sound editor (as Robin Quinn)
Mike Wood .... sound editor
Simon Woodward .... sound recordist: Scotland
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Archie Ahuna .... special effects coordinator (as Archie K. Ahuna)
Fern N. Ahuna .... special effects assistant
Patricia P. Ahuna .... special effects p.a.
Tim Baxter .... optical effects
Clarence Logan .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Tom Baker .... digital effects coordinator
Kristen Branan .... executive producer:
James Castle .... digital effects supervisor: Digital.Art.Media
Craig A. Mumma .... visual effects supervisor: Digital.Art.Media (as Craig Mumma)
Rocco Passionino .... digital effects supervisor: Digital.Art.Media
Joshua D. Rose .... visual effects producer: Whisdom Entertainment
Kathy Siegel .... visual effects supervisor
James D. Tittle .... facility manager:
John Medlen .... stunt coordinator
John Medlen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Julie Bills .... second assistant camera: Scotland
Lewis Buchan .... first assistant camera: Scotland
Khumban Chockanan .... assistant camera: Thailand
John Duncan .... grip electric: Scotland
Austin G. Fraser .... best boy grip
Jason Fratis .... assistant chief lighting technician
Christian Froude .... best boy accountant
Jeffrey B. Gregg .... lamp operator
Michael J. Gregg .... company grip
Julie Helton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Bob Johnson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bob Johnson .... gaffer
Mark Kalaugher .... lamp operator
Lee Kaneakua .... key grip
Michael Keola Jones .... lamp operator
Ned Martin .... vistavision camera operator
J. Steven Matzinger .... first assistant camera
Annie McEveety .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John McEveety .... second assistant camera
Ossie McLean .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Naumann .... videographer: behind-the-scenes footage
Willie Navarro .... videographer: behind-the-scenes footage
Kevin O'Brien .... first assistant camera: Scotland
Voranon Paipad .... loader: Thailand
Derrick Peters .... second assistant camera: Scotland
Mario Pérez .... still photographer
John Skeo .... company grip
Reid Keoki Smith .... dolly grip
Russell Steen .... director of photography: Scotland and Thailand (as Russell D. Steen)
Sambut Tiyasutiporn .... grip: Thailand
Rick Wood .... director of photography: additional second unit, Scotland
Michael Yaeger .... camera loader
Casting Department
Ros Bellenger .... casting: Austrailia (as Ros Breeden)
Anna Fishburn .... casting: Honolulu
Elisa Gil-Osorio .... casting assistant
Linda Graham .... extras casting: Kauai
Tamara Jeffries .... extras casting: Kauai
Angela Tillson .... extras casting
Masayuki Yui .... casting: Japan
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Dawn Logan .... wardrobe production assistant
Rotem Noyfeld .... set costumer
Tony Perri .... set costumer
Andrew Slyder .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Clive Bates .... assistant editor
Jordan Dawes .... first assistant editor
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Ezra Hubbard .... first assistant editor
Scott Juergens .... assistant editor: avid
Angie Luckey .... assistant editor
Conor Mackey .... assistant editor
Larry Manke .... telecine colorist (as Larry P. Manke)
J. Aaron Stinde .... post-production assistant
Anne Marie Wilson .... post-production assistant: Los Angeles
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
John Cameron .... music supervisor
John Cameron .... orchestrator
Dirk Campbell .... musician: bagpipes
Oliver Cohen .... assistant music editor
Terry Edwards .... chorus director: London Voices Chorus
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Robert Hathaway .... music editor
Sarah Zilesnick .... music production assistant
Transportation Department
Santi Boonkanok .... driver: Thailand
Fred Hammond .... production driver
Nathan Ho'okano .... production driver
Robert Jordan .... production driver
Lee Kasena .... driver: Thailand
Alfred Kupo Jr. .... production driver
Ton Nukrob .... driver: Thailand
Petch Phuengsap .... driver: Thailand
Ray Scanlan .... production driver
Nui Supreecha .... driver: Thailand
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain
Kurt Vidinha .... production driver
Richard R. Vidinha .... assistant transportation captain
Lin Wattana .... driver: Thailand
Robert Wilson .... production driver
Warren Yoshioka .... production driver
Other crew
Donovan K. Ahuna Jr. .... craft service assistant
Donovan Ahuna .... head craft service
Lucero Ainstein .... intern
Stuart Andrews .... keyboard programmer
Clifford Apo .... production assistant
Randy Bauling .... stand-in
Santi Boonkanok .... production assistant: Thailand
Frank Bukoski .... security officer
Lesley Burbridge .... unit publicist
Chrysten Busch .... intern
Jack Cambra Jr. .... craft service assistant
Ginger Carlson .... caterer
Peter Chakra .... intern
Paul L. Crotty .... military advisor: allied forces
Robert D. Crotty .... location scout
Judith Cunningham .... production coordinator: Scotland
Helene Rhye Daub .... production office assistant
Maurice Dunster .... assistant: Kiefer Sutherland
Don Ellison .... staff: University of the nations
Stephen Eyer .... assistant production coordinator
Fidelis Ezch .... intern
Lauralee Farrer .... assistant: Jack Hafer
Richard A. Faye .... wrangler
Ernest Gordon .... stills courtesy of
Lori Grabowski .... script supervisor
Alonzo Greer .... key set production assistant
Kichang Han .... intern
Peter Heckmann .... website and multimedia designer
Paul Hendison .... production executive
Rita Hollingsworth .... unit publicist
Trisha Hoving .... intern
Paul Huber .... intern
Ingrid Hubik Friere .... Los Angeles coordinator: Scotland
Ingrid Hubik Friere .... associate to producer
Julieta B. Hubik .... unit intercessor
Ben Huddleston .... set production assistant
Bill Hudson .... insurance provider
Inori Ito .... script translator: Japanese
Takashi Ito .... script translator: Japanese
Sandra Jennings .... caterer
Natalie Joyce .... assistant accountant
Veronica Juarez .... staff: University of the nations
Peter Kahale .... production assistant
Lee Kasena .... production assistant: Thailand
Harriet Katz-Stevens .... post-production accountant
Elaine Lasota .... assistant: Penelope L. Foster
Maya Levin .... production office assistant
Mark Litwak .... attorney
Mark Litwak .... producer's representative
Suzanne Lofthus .... craft service: Scotland
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... assistant: Robert Carlyle
Edwin L. Marshall .... production coordinator: los angeles
Lynda McCaig .... location manager: Scotland
Jessica A. Milstein .... production coordinator
Alyssa Montalbano .... intern
Takashi Nagase .... stills courtesy of
Patricia Navarro .... staff: university of the nations
Tim Norton .... caterer
Ton Nukrob .... production assistant: Thailand
Ryan O'Quinn .... adr voice
Melvin S. Ota .... production assistant
Eric Outcalt .... stand-in
Mark Pecqueur .... location coordinator: Scotland
Petch Phuengsap .... production assistant: Thailand
Holly Rezentes-Leayman .... production secretary
Peter Riopta .... production assistant
John Roscoe .... on-set medic
Jessie Scherle .... staff: university of the nations
Nitad 'Lek' Srisomsap .... location manager: Thailand
David Suliven .... production assistant
Nui Supreecha .... production assistant: Thailand
Chris Thornton .... production office assistant
Brian Tuzon .... production assistant
Bas Van Den Eijkhof .... intern
Richard R. Vidinha .... wrangler
Lin Wattana .... production assistant: Thailand
Whitney J. Willard .... production accountant
Anne Marie Wilson .... intern: Kauai
Masayuki Yui .... advisor: Japanese military and culture
Argyll .... special thanks
Al Burns .... special thanks: Iatse Local 665
Gavin Cargill .... special thanks
Stirling Castle .... special thanks
Benjamin Cayetano .... thanks: governor
Georgette Deemer .... thanks: Hawaii Film Office
Judy Drosd .... thanks: Kauai Film Commission
Ernest Gordon .... in memory of
Ernest Gordon .... very special thanks
Audrey Holmes McCormick .... thanks
Matthew Hutchinson .... very special thanks
Maryanne Kusaka .... special thanks (as Mayor Maryanne Kusaka)
Sue Mallet .... thanks
George McClane .... special thanks (as Dr. George McClane)
Frank Metz .... special thanks: Tzell Travel
John Moffatt .... thanks
Takashi Nagase .... special thanks
Martha Savelio .... thanks
William Shankel .... special thanks
Harry Ueshiro .... special thanks: The Teamsters Local 399
Larry Werner .... thanks

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Rated R for war violence and brutality, and for some language (original cut)
125 min | USA:117 min | Germany:110 min (TV version) | UK:110 min (TV version)
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46310) (director's cut) | USA:R (original cut)
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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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Dr. Coates:[to a freshly-beaten Gordon] Ah. Looks like you didn't bow. Always bow before a guard, Korean or Jap. And *never* look 'em in the eyes when they pass you: that's pure defiance. Always look away. Rules of Bushido.
Lt. Jim Reardon:Bushido?
Dr. Coates:Yeah. Their kind of chivalry. Respect and obligation. If you don't respect them, they feel obligated to beat you. Nothing personal.
Ernest Gordon:Well, it sure as bloody hell feels personal.
Dr. Coates:Yeah, well, it works both ways. They do the same to their own.
Lt. Jim Reardon:Now there's a comfort.
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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A "War" Movie That's About Values, Not War, 5 July 2005
Author: rsimanski from Sterling, Virginia, USA

I am a serious film lover who keeps up with the best new films. I stumbled across To End All Wars when it was shown recently on one of the Starz/Encore channels. At the end, I kept asking myself why I had never heard of it. The film is nowhere to be found in Roger Ebert's reviews or Leonard Maltin's annual guide, and yet I suspect that Ebert, at least, would rate this film very highly.

I like films that are about something that is important, at least to me, and not just pure entertainment. Not that I don't enjoy a good action-adventure film or light comedy from time to time, but most of the time, I prefer to spend my time watching films that make me think and perhaps even ask questions of myself.

To End All Wars is one such film. The Bridge on the River Kwai, which deals with the same historical events, is not, despite its many strong points. In this respect, To End All Wars is the better film, and the one that I am more likely to watch frequently.

Despite its title, the film is not really about war. What it is about is the efforts of a small group of men, and one man in particular, to maintain their faith, their sense of values, and their very sanity under horrible, murderous conditions that would drive most men to insanity or to become murderers themselves.

The film forces me to ask myself whether I could have done the same under those conditions. To be honest, I'm afraid to ask the question because I may not like the answer.

Although the film depicts many horrible things, it is not a depressing film, at least for me. Rather, it's a positive, hopeful film, in the same way that Schindler's List is a positive, hopeful film. If one man, in the case of Schindler, or a small group of men, in the case of the ones in this film, can maintain their sanity, faith, and values in a world that has gone insane, then there is hope for mankind.

As for the references to their Christian faith, it is not laid on with a trowel, as it might be in a lesser film. It is simply there as an important part of their lives. Whether or not we share that faith is beside the point. What is important is that they shared it, and that faith helped them to survive.

Could the director and the writers have made their points even more effectively? Probably. Would I have liked to have known more about the individual characters? Definitely. Would the film have benefited from a larger budget? Possibly.

All of these questions are moot, however. Every film deserves to be judged on its own terms, on the basis of what it is and not what it might have been. Not every film can be another Citizen Kane or Rules of the Game, nor should it be.

Taken on its own merits, To End All Wars is an excellent film that I expect to watch many times and recommend to my family and friends as well. The fact that the film never got proper distribution, at least in the United States, and therefore never got the recognition that it deserves, shows just how shallow and superficial the Hollywood film industry has become. Thankfully it is available on DVD.

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