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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Desmond Doss
... Teach
... James Pinnick
... Lucky Ford
... Young Desmond
Roman Guerriero ... Young 'Hal' Doss
James Lugton ... Hiker
... Hiker's Friend
... Tom Doss
... Bertha Doss
Jarin Towney ... Teenage Boy
... Local Man
... Lynchburg Doctor
... Dorothy Schutte
Richard Platt ... Flirting Hospital Soldier
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Storyline

The true story of Desmond T. 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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One of the greatest heroes in American history never fired a bullet. See more »


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,190,758, 6 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,209,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,302,354
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Trivia

The Biblical passage narrated by Desmond Doss at the beginning of the film is from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 40. See more »

Goofs

The real Desmond T. Doss enlisted and went through basic training in 1942 but during his court martial numerous officers are seen wearing the Combat Infantryman Badge a decoration not authorized for wear until November 1943. See more »

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Desmond Doss: Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) See more »

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We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap
Words and Music by Bob Miller
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Administered by: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
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Back on the battlefield with Mel...
9 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to sneak into a cast & crew screening at the Newtown Dendy cinema. I thought 10.30AM on a Sunday was too early for a Mel Gibson movie, that I might be in for something along the lines of the heavy-handedness of THE PASSION OF THE Christ, and the adrenaline pumped brilliance of APOCALYPTO.

I was proved wrong because after the first thirty minutes I wasn't sure if this was a Mel Gibson film when I was placed into a comfort zone, with its melodrama set in a small Virginia town during the Forties, a schmaltzy romance, and the cliché violent drunken father who survived a brutal war. The performances were maybe a little let down by the clumsy dialogue, but all directed safely with a natural sense of storytelling.

By the 2nd act, I was put on high alert in the military training with our protagonist, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield who I at first felt was wrongly cast, but he really came through in the end). It was here when the true purpose of the story began to evolve, that of Doss' moral and internal conflict with using a gun! What he had to endure and stand-up for was a courage I greatly admired. It was also in this phase of the film that the dialogue and characters began to shine. Maybe it was the introduction of Vince Vaughn's character. We all know how Vaughn is notorious in ad-libbing, and it seemed to help because the other actors bounced off it well.

Now the story had me in their pocket because by the 3rd act I was with our protagonist and his platoon when they got to the battlefield graveyard of Hacksaw Ridge. You thought the horrific situation in WE WERE SOLDIERS was brutal, well this was captured so vividly that you felt you were there. It was almost on par with the brilliance of GAME OF THRONES; BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS.

Now I felt I was in a Mel Gibson film. As with Braveheart, the battle scenes in Hacksaw Ridge didn't hold back. Maybe a notch better because of today's CGI (and I didn't even notice the effects!). The scenes were unflinching, haunting and in your face. Possibly showing you the true horror of war. Definitely not for the squeamish.

The religious aspect of the film was relevant to the story, so as a non-believer I thought it was an integral part of the protagonist and had to be told, so it didn't bother me as much.

Overall the technical aspect of the film was brilliant, but then again I didn't really notice it because I was too distracted by the story and the characters, and when that occurs, I know the film has succeeded.


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