Hacksaw Ridge

8.12 h 19 min2016X-RayR
HD. Andrew Garfield stars as pacifistic WWII hero Desmond T. Doss, who saved 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without ever firing a weapon.
Mel Gibson
Andrew GarfieldRichard PyrosJacob Warner
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Milo GibsonDarcy BryceSam WorthingtonHugo Weaving
Bill MechanicDavid PermutTerry BenedictPaul CurrieBruce DaveyBrian Oliver
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KenReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I sobbed - such an amazing story of life & death, of courage and conviction, of a man who was a hero in the truest sense.
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I was astounded! I finished the movie and the tears just flowed - it was an incredible portrayal of an amazingly courageous man who stared into the face of hell and wrangled a true miracle from the flames of death and destruction. "Just one more..." - and to maintain his convictions in the face of ridicule with such an intensity - his steadfast beliefs and his true integrity - he changed their minds. Point to note - NOT FOR CHILDREN!! They spare nothing in portraying war and how soldiers die. America should be honored to have had a son of such true conviction.
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Sara C.Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Will go down in history as one of the greatest films ever made!
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This was by far the greatest war movie I've ever seen since Saving Private Ryan. In fact it might've been the greatest war movie I have ever seen. Andrew Garfield gives an incredible performance, the story goes along at a perfect pace, and the action is some of the best you'll see on screen. As much as I loved Saving Private Ryan, a lot of it was fictitious. Of course the war was real but the characters and in fact Private Ryan himself was a fictional character. While Hacksaw Ridge on the other hand is all based in reality every character is based on a person who really lived through World War II. So in my opinion that makes Hacksaw Ridge a much more powerful film. This is truly one of those films that comes along every decade or two that will become the default answer for people's favorite film of all time. When you ask someone what their favorite film is you consistently hear Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Forest Gump, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, and get ready to hear Hacksaw Ridge more often as this film is seen by more people.
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Charles E.Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
this bad boy ought to snatch up all the Oscars tonight ...
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Don't know and don't want to be a jerk but some of the reviewers who don't think this or that was realistic should fess up with their credentials. This movie broke my heart and the part where the Dad goes to bat for his kid--don't know if that part really happened or not but it was wow, maybe double wow. My Dad was a WWII guy and his Dad a WWI guy and my time in the sun was 23 combat missions during Desert Storm and had over 22 years active duty with the USAF and since they had not had enough of me I worked another 18 years as a DOD civilian contractor teaching young officers how to use a weapons system (Joint STARS) and then after 9/11 by oldest son enlisted in the Army and did a tour in Iraq and then another in Afghanistan. With that said, this movie is terrifying and as real as I would want a movie to get. I probably lost a job as a history professor in Tennessee once upon a time during an interview implying that my previous combat missions over Saudi Arabia, then Kuwait, then Iraq were fulfilling and invigorating or something to that effect. Anyway, this bad boy ought to snatch up all the Oscars tonight but probably won't because it is not artsy enough. I loved Lala Land and saw it in a good theater and worked my way through Manchester. I wanted Lala to end differently but it stayed with me. Hacksaw is the best movie that came along in 2016 so now it is time for the Academy to poop all over it.
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Pb PencilReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A surprisingly respectful look at an often avoided topic...the conscientious objector who loves his country.
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Rarely do we see an honored portrayal of nonviolence within war. In the film, violence is not avoided or condemned, but neither is the strength it takes to carry on in a world where there is every reason to hate and fight but you follow your conviction not to do so. Doss was ready to live and die for his fellow soldiers. He accepted their ridicule before they understood who and what he was. Although this is rated R, I will show it to my children because it doesn't pretend that war is anything other than what it is...an attempt to find right in a world gone wrong and a bloody, scary, and confusing experience that you pray will bring peace and justice at its end.
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Captain PicklesReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing!!! A Must See and A Deep Moral Lesson To Be Learned!!! Such A Great Movie!!!
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Having served in the military myself, the message this movie delivers is tenfold. While our people, all colors, are out fighting and looting in the streets, calling each other out, turning our skin colors into curse words, we have all but forgotten about love, loyalty, integrity to our faiths and beliefs without destroying the integrity of another's. We fought for the freedom of this country, but we never fought to set hate free across this land. This story is valid because it has heart, the thing we used to admire in each other. Hope it reminds everyone that wars were meant to stop hate not perpetuate it. And wars were meant to stop. One can not live a life at war. None of us can.
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Mike PowersReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Hacksaw Ridge:" despite its its blood and violence, it remains an outstanding and inspiring viewing experience.
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Last night being Oscar Night in America, I figured it would be a good time to watch a movie in the comfort of my own home. My movie of choice: “Hacksaw Ridge,” which I purchased from Amazon Video. It turned out to be a great choice.

For those who may not be familiar with it, “Hacksaw Ridge” is a biographical drama about Desmond Doss, the first of only three conscientious objectors in American history to receive the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry on the battlefield. The film was directed by Mel Gibson and includes among its stars Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, and Hugo Weaving.

The first half of “Hacksaw Ridge” shows Doss (Garfield) growing up in a very religious family in rural Virginia. Committed to nonviolence as a youth, he makes a promise to God never to touch a weapon. As a young man, he meets and marries Dorothy Schutte (Palmer). He enlists in the Army at the beginning of World War II, intent on becoming a combat medic. The Army’s insistence that he become firearms qualified severely tests his principles. Doss steadfastly refuses to obey any order that violates his promise to God. He faces utter contempt from his fellow soldiers, and a court-martial and dismissal from the service as a result…

Fast forward to Okinawa in May 1945. One of the largest and bloodiest battles of the Pacific war is being fought there, and Doss, now a combat medic (without a rifle) is with his unit. They must scale the steep cliff of Hacksaw Ridge and dislodge a fanatical Japanese enemy. In the chaos of an unbelievably violent and sanguinary battle, Doss displays uncommon courage in caring for his wounded and dying comrades, gallantry so conspicuous that he eventually receives the nation’s highest award for valor – without ever picking up a weapon…

Although I like "Hacksaw Ridge" tremendously, I hesitate to say I "enjoyed" it, because it is so difficult to watch. The second half of the film contains some of the bloodiest and most violent combat scenes I have ever seen in a war film. Having said that, however, I still think “Hacksaw Ridge” is an outstanding and inspiring viewing experience. The writing, acting, and production values are all superb, and I believe the film is well deserving of all the accolades it received this year. Most highly recommended.
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MargaretNCReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful story of survival and faith; deserved more Oscar recognition
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“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much…” Luke 16:10

These biblical verses summarize World War II conscientious objector Desmond Doss’ heroic actions, but Doss’ character (brilliantly played by Andrew Garfield) appropriately doesn’t read them in this movie. Despite mental, physical and legal (attempted court martial) abuse at the hands of his family and military personnel, Doss focuses on his higher calling as a medic without ever preaching about himself. As Doss’ 77th Infantry Division first faces diabolical tactics of the Japanese at the Maeda Escarpment ("Hacksaw Ridge") in the Battle of Okinawa, his enemy-turned-friend Smitty (Luke Bracey) is killed, and Doss questions why God put him here. The answer is a weak call for help from the battlefield where Doss returns over and over again to treat, carry and drag out wounded colleagues. In a long sequence mostly in pitch dark, Doss now asks God, “please help me get one more” and tells dying soldiers “we’re going to get you home” to give them enough hope to hang on.

Live footage at the end of the movie includes comments by Doss himself, who declined book and film offers for decades out of concerns over inaccurate dramatization of his actions. Doss gently recounts how he “cured” a wounded soldier’s feared blindness by pouring water from a canteen to wash blood off the man’s eyes, and the man’s smile made the horrible war events worthwhile. Of all the violent or self-promoting stories he could have recounted, this one demonstrates Doss’ remarkable survival by selflessness, problem-solving and focusing on “one more” instead of an impossible victory.

How could Andrew Garfield not have won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance? I have no idea who won it (bad sign that it wasn't memorable), but it was a huge mistake to not recognize Garfield’s perceptive work in this meaningful film.

If you haven’t already seen this movie, watch it now. Desmond Doss still has much to teach us about serving our country in 2019.
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Edna SpringReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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After watching movie for 1st time and my sons 3rd time, we keep getting this message and I'm not computer savvy and don't know how to rid it. Went to site it was no help because I'm not streaming, stealing, coping, etc. I paid full price for a movie I can't watch now. If anyone can give me a quick fix I would much appreciate it!!!! If too many steps, never mind, and Thank you anyways but my fuse runs short when I pay for an awesome movie that I now cannot watch.
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