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Hacksaw Ridge

  • 2016
  • R
  • 131min
  • 87%
  • 8.1 / 10

Andrew Garfield plays the central character Desmond Doss, the real-life veteran who received a Medal of Honor for his service during World War II. The film follows Doss as he enlists in the US Army as a field medic following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the US' official entry into World War II, and his ensuing struggles against military orders, refusing to fight for religious and moral reasons. Doss is berated by his peers for not wanting to fight, with his commanding officers even attempting to get him discharged for his actions. Despite all this, Doss prevails and goes on to prove invaluable in battle through his efforts as a combat medic, for which Doss was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.

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The story of Desmond Doss is an incredible account of heroism, bravery, and persistence. Before he was recognized for all his efforts during the war, he held the label of “conscientious objector”, someone who refused to engage in war violence. Despite conscientious objectors refusing to participate in the war, they were still required to put their efforts into the war. They either served as a medic who didn’t carry guns or served on the home front – putting out forest fires, building conservation projects, and taking care of the mentally ill in hospitals.

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Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 war drama directed by famed actor and director Mel Gibson. The film was produced by Summit Entertainment, Pandemonium Films, and Cross Creek Pictures, among others, with the screenplay written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan. The film is a dramatic adaptation of the biographical documentary film The Conscientious Objector, itself released in 2004. Hacksaw Ridge stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, and Vince Vaughn. The score was provided by prolific composer Rupert Gregson-Williams, brother of similarly prolific composer Harry Gregson-Williams. The film was produced on a budget of $40 million, earning over $175 million in its theatrical run.