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To End All Wars

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • David L Cunningham
  • 118 mins
  • 15

Summary

Second World War drama based on a true story, starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland and Ciaran McMenamin. Four Allied PoWs endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors as they are forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Not even Robert Carlyle's trademark pugnacity can enliven this well-intentioned but leaden adaptation of Ernest Gordon's memoir about the building of the Burma railroad. Even though it presents a considerably more accurate account than The Bridge on the River Kwai, unfavourable comparisons with David Lean's Oscar winner (and even Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence) abound, as Allied soldiers Ciaran McMenamin, Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland are among the PoWs forced to lay the infamous track. Yugo Saso and Sakae Kimura's good guard/bad guard and the subplots involving Sutherland's illicit still and Mark Strong's bush university only reinforce the unfortunate aura of stereotype and cliché.

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Credits

Cast

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Maj Ian CampbellRobert Carlyle
Lt Jim ReardonKiefer Sutherland
Capt Ernest GordonCiaran McMenamin
Dusty MillerMark Strong
Lt Col Stuart McLeanJames Cosmo
Capt NoguchiMasayuki Yui
ItoSakae Kimura
Lt Col NagatomoShu Nakajima
Dr CoatesJohn Gregg
PrimroseGreg Ellis
TakashiYugo Saso

Crew

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DirectorDavid L Cunningham

Details

Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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