World War II 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.

Director:

Mel Gibson

Writers:

Robert Schenkkan (screenplay by), Andrew Knight (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Desmond Doss
Richard Pyros ... Teach
Jacob Warner ... James Pinnick
Milo Gibson ... Lucky Ford
Darcy Bryce ... Young Desmond
Roman Guerriero Roman Guerriero ... Young 'Hal' Doss
James Lugton ... Hiker
Kasia Stelmach ... Hiker's Friend
Hugo Weaving ... Tom Doss
Rachel Griffiths ... Bertha Doss
Jarin Towney Jarin Towney ... Teenage Boy
Tim McGarry Tim McGarry ... Local Man
Tyler Coppin ... Lynchburg Doctor
Teresa Palmer ... Dorothy Schutte
Richard Platt Richard Platt ... Flirting Hospital Soldier
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The true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, was awarded 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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According to director Mel Gibson, Desmond T. Doss's son Desmond, Jr. attended the screening and was moved to tears by Andrew Garfield's accurate portrayal of his dad. See more »

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Harold Doss wears an Army uniform at the kitchen table when in fact he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Lindsey. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

The real Desmond T. Doss is interviewed during the end credits and briefly describes his experiences during World War II, some of which have already been dramatized in the film. See more »

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Referenced in We Are Who We Are: Right Here Right Now V (2020) 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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A real war story told realistically.
31 October 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I have seen stalks of corn with better physiques." Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn)

Director Mel Gibson is an action genius and along with that compliment, let's add he knows his violence. Hacksaw Ridge is a true and heroic story of the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle. Brave also could be any attempt to separate the film from its controversial director, but I'll let the film speak for itself.

The contradiction is real: Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) was a Seventh Day Adventist who not only refused to work on Saturdays, but he also refused even to touch a gun. Through the intervention at a court martial of his improbably brave and conflicted father (Hugo Weaving), Doss is allowed to serve as a medic under those conditions, proving to all that he could be braver saving men at Okinawa's Hacksaw Ridge than anyone else (75 men as a medic with a flair for ingenious rescuing).

Although Director Gibson is best known for his graphic depictions of violence in Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ, he can also be accused, along with writers Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, of clichéd story telling. The film's two parts, at home and at war, follow some pretty trite set-ups such as the mountain boy smitten by the nurse, the call to righteous service, the tough drill sergeant ( a terrific Vince Vaughn, see opening quote), and the sentimental trench dialogue.

Yet these flaws work when the story needs them to establish Doss's kind heart, courage, and the essential goodness of fellow combatants as they confess they misread him and his conscientious objection. If you can forgive the almost unreal, lush setting for his youth in Lynchburg, Virginia, and his mooning for his future wife, Dorothy (Teresa Palmer), then you will enjoy seeing a real hero in a real war.

Yes, Gibson knows how to depict action, not just pain, and it helps make Hacksaw Ridge a welcome addition to war films that tell true stories. And lest I forget, welcome back, Mel; you have been redeemed.


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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,190,758, 6 November 2016

Gross USA:

$67,209,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,563,636
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