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The Conscientious Objector (2004)

The story of Desmond Doss, a US Army medic who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.


Terry Benedict

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Credited cast:
Ralph Baker Ralph Baker ... Himself - Litter Bearer
Carl Bentley Carl Bentley ... Himself - Browning Automatic Rifleman
Alessandro Bianchi Alessandro Bianchi ... Jason Boylan / Solomon Statam (italian) (voice)
James Boylan James Boylan ... Himself - Anti-Tank Platoon Leader
John Centola John Centola ... Himself - Company Scout
Max Cleland Max Cleland ... Himself
Desmond T. Doss Desmond T. Doss ... Himself
Elwyn Gaines Elwyn Gaines ... Himself - Browning Automatic Rifleman
Jack Glover Jack Glover ... Himself - Commander Headquarters Company
Henry Haverlock Henry Haverlock ... Himself - Mortar Squad
Ken Lafond Ken Lafond ... Himself - Battalion Scout
Kenneth Phillips Kenneth Phillips ... Himself - First Lieutenant
Solomon Statman Solomon Statman ... Himself - 307th Regimental Surgeon
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Leigh Willoughby Leigh Willoughby ... Himself - Company Aid Man


It's 1945, World War II. The Place, Okinawa. The Scene, an impregnable 400-foot high cliff-AKA Hacksaw Ridge. The Engagement, a battle so fierce the odds of survival were 1 in 10. The Act, Medic Pfc. Desmond T. Doss braved intense enemy fire to rescue 75 wounded GI's over the precipice. The Story, Infantrymen who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond's simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon-now owed their lives to him. Director Terry Benedict tells Desmond's incredible story through the eyes of the men who witnessed this humble man's heroic acts. Winning the respect of his fellow soldiers, they recommended him for the highest honor America can bestow on one of her sons-The Medal of Honor. Written by Anonymous

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A True Story of An American Soldier


Documentary | War








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March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Who should see this film? Everyone! Simply everyone!
1 February 2005 | by rogcourtsSee all my reviews

Like the reviewer above, I saw "The Conscientious Objector" at the 2004 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Content such as that included in this fine film is the primary reason for the importance of the documentary medium. As soon as I can obtain a DVD of the film, I will begin sharing it with friends and family, because surely this is a piece of Americana that should have the widest possible audience. This film has a linger effect that makes me recall the courage and integrity and heroism of the protagonist, Desmond Doss, over and over again. This man is a sterling example of what can happen if a person stands for something and refuses to allow his/her resolve to be shaken. The film should find a broad audience among a great variety of groups, from churches to service organizations to grade, high school, and university students, because the human soul is nourished by true accounts such as this. The filmmaker, Terry Benedict, deserves accolades for recognizing in Mr. Doss the stuff that has made our Country great.

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