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To End All Wars (2001)

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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 »

Writers:

Ernest Gordon (book), Brian Godawa (screenplay)
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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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

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Rated R for war-related violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última das Guerras See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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| (TV) | (TV)

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film's dedication during the closing credits is to Captain Ernest 'Ernie' Gordon who is played by Ciarán McMenamin in the film. The dedication states that the film is made In Memory of Ernest Gordon, 31 May 1916 - 16 January 2002. See more »

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The real commander of the 2nd battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Lieutenant Colonel Ian Stewart, was not killed in a POW camp. He, and some others, managed to escape to India. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Gordon: When you surrender in war, you're stripped of your dignity as a soldier. And all you've got left is your fellow comrades, many of whom you've just met.
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POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
By Edward Elgar
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Uplifting
9 December 2002 | by Mr ToadSee all my reviews

To End All Wars is a remarkably bold--almost brazen--film that deserves a wider distribution. As far as war movies go, it is much better than Thin Red Line, which tries to be thoughtful but only achieves a meaningless ambivalence. To End All Wars conveys its message in a clear yet profound way.

As a Christian film, it shines as the boldest offering I have ever seen. Whereas popular depictions of religion (Seventh Heaven, anyone?) might mention an unspecified god every now and then, this film uses unmistakable metaphors and symbolism that blur the line between analogy and reality. It is one thing to put a cross in a shot. It is another thing completely to depict someone making sacrifices for his friends.

Ultimately, To End All Wars makes no compromises, neither to those who think its rating does not match its message nor not to those who think it is too preachy. Some things need to be preached.


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