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The Conscientious Objector (2004)

TV-MA | | Documentary, War | March 2004 (USA)
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 ... Self - Litter Bearer
Carl Bentley Carl Bentley ... Self - Browning Automatic Rifleman
Alessandro Bianchi Alessandro Bianchi ... Jason Boylan / Solomon Statam (italian) (voice)
James Boylan James Boylan ... Self - Anti-Tank Platoon Leader
John Centola John Centola ... Self - Company Scout
Max Cleland ... Self
Desmond T. Doss Desmond T. Doss ... Self
Elwyn Gaines Elwyn Gaines ... Self - Browning Automatic Rifleman
Jack Glover Jack Glover ... Self - Commander Headquarters Company
Henry Haverlock Henry Haverlock ... Self - Mortar Squad
Ken Lafond Ken Lafond ... Self - Battalion Scout
Kenneth Phillips Kenneth Phillips ... Self - First Lieutenant
Solomon Statman Solomon Statman ... Self - 307th Regimental Surgeon
Harry S. Truman ... Self (archive footage)
Leigh Willoughby Leigh Willoughby ... Self - 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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Steven Spielberg should make a movie from this story
8 August 2010 | by lspaiserSee all my reviews

The real life story of Desmond Doss is so compelling it should be seen by a larger audience. Unfortunately a documentary will never enjoy the popularity of a movie.

Only Spielberg could do it justice. Perhaps he will read this. I can only repeat what other reviewers have said.

I am not a Christian, I am not even religious, but I cannot fathom how so much luck could have been with any man. I actually consider it surreal. It makes me wonder !!!

Yes, I agree, everyone should see this movie, which is why I say Spielberg should make it into a drama and it should be given to schools - to churches and distributed freely.

It is too good a story to leave as a somewhat obscure documentary.

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