Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

DVD - 2017
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During the bloodiest battle of WWII, in Okinawa, Desmond Doss saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he singlehandedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Nominated for Best Picture / Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers; Nominated for Actor in a Leading Role - Andrew Garfield; Nominated for Directing - Mel Gibson; WINNER - Film Editing / John Gilbert; Nominated for Sound Editing / Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright; WINNER - Sound Mixing / Kevi... Read More »


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garycornell
Oct 08, 2017

Mel Gibson directs a winner! A true story from World War 11 that is fascinating to watch. After you finish the movie check out a website on the internet for a more complete history of the events on Hacksaw Ridge. It turns out to be more amazing than even the movie portrays!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 04, 2017

Hacksaw ridge is a world war two movie that follows a combat medic who is a conscious objector. That means that he refuses to even touch a gun or weapon. The movie follows his entrance into the military and the hardships that he has to face to pass the training and be allowed to participate in the war. The movie has many well done action scenes that realistically portray battles in the war. The entire movie is based around a true story and most of the things that are shown in the movie actually happened in real life to Desmond T. Doss. He commends the movie in its accurate portrayal of his experiences. Overall a fantastic film and worth a watch. I rate this movie 5 out of 5.
- @sweaterz of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Old_Toto
Sep 17, 2017

The 11th Commandment: Thou must conform shows how society punishes those who do not conform. How this Medic survives one of history's worst battles is truly an inspirational story worth watching.

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dee4707
Sep 15, 2017

One of the best films I ever watched. It kept me on the edge of my seat. This film showed pure love for family & humankind, no explicit love scenes, no R rated language...it was just wonderful. It was wonderful to see someone with such strong beliefs. I can't believe that I wasn't going to pass this film up because it was a war film.

Vilka Sep 06, 2017

Amazing true story of a man who believed killing to be wrong, but still felt duty-bound to contribute to the war effort as a medic, refusing to carry or use weapons despite backlash from his own side. Very moving story of heroism. Warning: fairly graphic battle scenes.

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duane767
Sep 05, 2017

A truly extraordinary story and Andrew Garfield's best movie. Yes, it is visually jarring but it is a war movie and Mr. Gibson is somewhat uncompromising in his portrayals of violent history.

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empbee
Aug 24, 2017

Technically well done but the violent and graphic scenes are too long. It presents the horror of war.

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wildct2003
Aug 16, 2017

War movie well done. Combat scenes very good, rest of film good.

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TheSandoz
Aug 15, 2017

One of the most inspiring films I've ever seen, telling the story of of a man who becomes a hero under fire without firing a shot. The courage it takes to go into the carnage of war is great, but it fades beside the courage of a man who goes into battle unarmed for the purpose of saving lives instead of taking them. An amazing motion picture!

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akirakato
Aug 15, 2017

Directed by Mel Gibson and originally released as a motion picture in 2016, this 139-minute WWII docudrama depicts a story of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind.
Doss' unit was assigned to the 77th Infantry Division and deployed to the Pacific theater.
During the Battle of Okinawa, Doss' unit was informed that they were to relieve the 96th Infantry Division, which was tasked with ascending and securing the Maeda Escarpment ("Hacksaw Ridge”).
The battle at Hacksaw Ridge turned out to be one of the deadly battlegrounds during WWII.
Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa.
It is one of the best anti-war dramas I've ever watched.

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kpelish
Aug 12, 2017

Violence: Gruesome, realistic depictions of battle, death, and Japanese harikari (suicide as an honorable act). Also emotional and physical abuse/beatings of the conscientious objector.

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CielyRanger
Mar 10, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: In addition to a ton of nasty war violence, there is a scene early on of a man's leg graphically injured in an accident. A young man's parents fight; one holds a gun and seems to contemplate turning it on himself. Boys brawl and one is hit with a brick.

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CielyRanger
Mar 10, 2017

Sexual Content: A soldier's naked rear is visible as he lounges in the barracks before being forced to run the obstacle course. Bunkmates rib him about his anatomy. Another man is reading a magazine with a drawing of a topless woman. A married couple kisses passionately.

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CielyRanger
Mar 10, 2017

Violence: Here's where the movie gets the R. I saw it in theaters and had to look away several times. Relentless wide shots of shooting, maiming, and killing during the last half, and numerous close-ups of nasty injuries being treated.

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CielyRanger
Mar 10, 2017

Coarse Language: Occasional, relatively mild language. No f-bombs.

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jimg2000
Apr 17, 2017

Tons of quotes in IMDb already but this one:
I've done everything they asked me, except this one thing, and I'm being treated like a criminal just 'cause I won't kill.
-You tried. Nobody can say you didn't. But who are you going to save in prison?
Probably nobody.
-Then why can't you just pick up the stupid gun and wave it around? You don't have to use it, just meet them halfway.
-I can't do that.
Yes, you can. It's just pride. Pride and stubbornness. Don't confuse your will with the Lord's.
-Have I been prideful?
Maybe I am prideful. But I don't know how I'm going to live with myself if I don't stay true to what I believe. Much less how you could live with me. I'd never be the man that I want to be in your eyes.
-I fell in love with you because you weren't like anyone else and you didn't try to be. Do not think for one moment that you will disappoint me. I will love you no matter what.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 13, 2017

"Please Lord, let me get one more."

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CielyRanger
Mar 10, 2017

"While everyone else is taking life, I'm gonna be saving it. And that's gonna be my way to serve."
--Desmond Doss

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