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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

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The true story of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. Written by grantss

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Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images | See all certifications »

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4 November 2016 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,190,758 (USA) (4 November 2016)

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$65,089,527 (USA) (6 January 2017)
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The trailer note states that Desmond T. Doss was the only soldier to serve in a front-line capacity without carrying a weapon. In WWII, Korea and Vietnam the military classified several Seventh-Day Adventists with the status of 1A-O. This meant that they were willing to serve, but would not carry a weapon in combat. There were also Society of Friends (Quaker) volunteers in WWI. See more »

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Harold Doss (Desmond's brother) was wearing an Army uniform at the kitchen table when in fact he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Lindsey. See more »

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Sgt Howell: I have seen stalks of corn with better physiques. Makes me want to pull an ear off, Private! Can you carry your weight?
Desmond Doss: Yes, Sergeant!
Sgt Howell: It should be easy for you then. Corporal!
Corporal Jessop: Sergeant.
Sgt Howell: Make sure you keep this man away from strong winds.
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Featured in The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017) See more »

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To God be the Glory
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Written by Fanny Crosby
Music by William Doane
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Powerful - well acted piece
22 September 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

As someone from Sydney, Australia I was proud at the way this was filmed. Using the Hollywood model, there would have been lots of sets but using actual buildings allowed a lot of warmth to come through in the natural light. Gibson is a fine director, I was impressed with his framing, he shoots very closely for the acting stuff (more head and shoulder) which is quite interesting on the eye. Using more natural light it is quite beautiful. I suspect Gibson will not yet have been forgiven for his personal life to get the recognition he deserves.

This movie could have been another Forest Gump, it could overly sentimental, instead, carries an appropriate amount of sincerity. The backstory is a major part of the movie. Doss is portrayed as uneasy with the girls who fell for the first pretty thing he saw. This could have been so Forest Gump-like but strikes a nice chord.

The cast was excellent. Hugo Weaving was perfection. He carried the first half of the movie as the battle-fatigued (PTSD) WW1 vet father. Some may complain that the women are poorly portrayed as are the Japanese, who are largely like ants coming from their mound or canon fodder.

As brutal as the second half is, I am sure it could not convey how truly gallant Doss was or brutal it was in reality.


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