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Hacksaw Ridge

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Mel Gibson
  • 133 mins
  • 15
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over

Summary

During the Second World War, US Army Medic Desmond Doss refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honour without firing a shot. Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Luke Bracey star in this biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After falling out of favour with Hollywood thanks to a notorious drunk-driving incident in 2006, Mel Gibson returned with this olive branch: a love letter to America, albeit one made so far outside the Hollywood system it was actually shot in Australia. And yet it did the trick. A blatantly unsubtle but nevertheless true story of humility and redemption, Hacksaw Ridge earned Gibson six Oscar nominations, including one for best director. Andrew Garfield stars as US Army medic Desmond T Doss, a conscientious objector who joins the army but refuses to fight, enduring the scorn of his fellow soldiers before shocking them all with an astonishing feat of bravery during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The build-up is mawkish and sentimental at times, but in the battlefield it literally explodes into action offering a timely reminder of the horrors of war and a lesson that doing the right thing is never impossible, even against the most catastrophic odds.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2017-01-27
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, some swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Desmond DossAndrew Garfield
Captain GloverSam Worthington
Smitty RykerLuke Bracey
Dorothy SchutteTeresa Palmer
Tom DossHugo Weaving
Bertha DossRachel Griffiths
Sergeant HowellVince Vaughn
Harold Doss, "Hal"Nathaniel Buzolic
Colonel StelzerRichard Roxburgh
Lt Colonel CooneyMatt Nable
Lt ManvilleRyan Corr
Hollywood ZaneLuke Pegler

Crew

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DirectorMel Gibson
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