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 »

Writers:

Ernest Gordon (book), Brian Godawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán McMenamin ... Capt. Ernest 'Ernie' Gordon
Robert Carlyle ... Maj. Ian Campbell
Kiefer Sutherland ... Lt. Jim 'Yankee' Reardon
Mark Strong ... Dusty Miller
Yûgo Sasô ... Takashi Nagase
Sakae Kimura ... Sgt. Ito
James Cosmo ... Lt. Col. Stuart McLean
Masayuki Yui ... Capt. Noguchi
John Gregg John Gregg ... Camp Doctor Coates
Shû Nakajima Shû Nakajima ... Nagatomo (as Shu Nakajima)
Greg Ellis ... Sgt. Roger Primrose
Pip Torrens ... Lt. Foxworth
James McCarthy James McCarthy ... Norman
Brendan Cowell ... Wallace Hamilton
Winton Nicholson Winton Nicholson ... Duncan
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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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In war, you have to survive See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and brutality, and for some language | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

Lt. Jim Reardon or "Yanker" as he is referred to in the film, would not have been in a wheelchair in the camp. The truth is, his back was too severely broken for him to be transported anywhere. He spent the rest of the time in camp bed-ridden. He appeared in a wheelchair in the film simply for camera flow. See more »

Quotes

Primrose: [to new arrivals] Officers, try to keep your shirt *on*. It'll distinguish you from the grunts, which is about the *only* thing that's keeping us from degenerating into a bloody anarchy.
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LA NA CRUINNE (END OF TIME)
Written and Performed by Maire Brennan
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A Profound film
7 May 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"To End all Wars": Starring Robert Carlyle ("Go Now"), Keifer Sutherland, and MANY talented men. As the film began, it felt like a cousin to "Bridge on the River Kwai", but the plot slowly morphed to an even MORE complex set of ethical issues, with divisions not seen in that great 1950's film. I see this new one as more related to the movie "Andersonville" - our own true American tragedy of a P.O.W. camp during the Civil War - and what THAT experience demanded of those interned. "To End all Wars" is certainly an anti-war film, and a true story, but looks at many individuals for the complexity of dealing with the horror...and offers bits of consolation...where it can be found. Its elegant ending reminded me of "Schindler's List". "To End all Wars" deserves to be considered a PROFOUND film.


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Country:

USA

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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