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A True Story of An American Soldier
The story of Desmond Doss, a US Army medic who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ralph Baker ... Himself - Litter Bearer
Carl Bentley ... Himself - Browning Automatic Rifleman
James Boylan ... Himself - Anti-Tank Platoon Leader
John Centola ... Himself - Company Scout
Max Cleland ... Himself
Desmond T. Doss ... Himself
Elwyn Gaines ... Himself - Browning Automatic Rifleman
Jack Glover ... Himself - Commander Headquarters Company
Henry Haverlock ... Himself - Mortar Squad
Ken Lafond ... Himself - Battalion Scout
Kenneth Phillips ... Himself - First Lieutenant
Solomon Statman ... Himself - 307th Regimental Surgeon
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Leigh Willoughby ... Himself - Company Aid Man

Directed by
Terry Benedict 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terry Benedict 
Jeff Wood 

Produced by
Terry Benedict .... producer
Jonathan Sheinberg .... executive producer
Gabe Videla .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bob Christianson 
Cinematography by
Francis Kenny 
Suki Medencevic 
Darko Suvak 
Film Editing by
Christopher Cibelli 
Sean McCulley 
Jeff Wood 
Production Management
Piper Petrucci .... production manager
Sound Department
Timothy A. Cleveland .... sound effects editor
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor
Greg Miller .... sound post-production
Ken S. Polk .... sound mixer
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
Deron Street .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Justin Ammon .... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Vannix .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph M. Setele .... first assistant camera: HDTV
Ryan Sheridan .... digital imaging technician
Editorial Department
Sam Dlugach .... final colorist
Other crew
Jeffrey Cordone .... production executive
Rodney Vance .... special thanks

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101 min
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Proof that sometimes substance is simply more important than style, 28 April 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

This documentary about the only conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor is a touching and powerful tale of faith and courage.

While the approach is simple and rough around the edges, the story of Desmond Doss, - at first a hated outcast for his refusal to carry or use a weapon, later a hero among heroes for his saving of over 75 men as a medic in what seemed all but impossible circumstances – is so unique, and almost hard to believe that it pulls you in completely, whatever its budgetary or stylistic limitations.

I was surprised to see a few critics attack it as being an ad for Christianity, or for Seventh Day Adventists in the specific. I'm neither Christian nor religious, yet I never felt I was being preached at. It's simply the case that for this man his faith is what helped give him his courage and convictions. Would I want a documentary about Martin Luther King to not deal with how he drew his inspiration from his faith? Or Gandhi or the Dali Llama from theirs?

Told by the men who were there, including Doss himself, this is a film that speaks of the grace of refusing to conform, and being driven to do good, even at great personal risk and sacrifice. A truly inspiring story of an amazing yet humble individual. It has flaws, but in this case, it doesn't really matter.

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