Hacksaw Ridge

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Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist's legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valor, and the courage of remaining true to one's convictions.



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HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, 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 single-handedly 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.


Andrew Garfield
as Desmond T. Doss
Teresa Palmer
as Dorothy Schutte
Hugo Weaving
as Tom Doss
Sam Worthington
as Capt. Glover
Vince Vaughn
as Sgt. Howell
Rachel Griffiths
as Bertha Doss
Nathaniel Buzolic
as Harold Doss
Richard Roxburgh
as Col. Stelzer
Matt Nable
as Lt. Cooney
Firass Dirani
as Vito Rinnelli
Jacob Warner (III)
as James Pinnick
Milo Gibson
as Lucky Ford
Darcy Bryce
as Young Desmond
Roman Guerriero
as Young Hal Doss
Michael Sheasby
as Tex Lewis
Jarin Towney
as Teenage Boy
Luke Pegler
as Hollywood Zane
Tim McGarry
as Local Man
Ben Mingay
as Grease Nolan
Nico Cortez
as Wal Kirzinski
Richard Pratt
as Flirting Hospital Soldier
Laura Buckton
as Cinema Kissing Sweetheart
Harry Greenwood
as Henry Brown
Damien Thomlinson
as Ralph Morgan
Simon Edds
as MP Gibbs
Bill Young
as General Musgrove
Thatcher McMaster
as Company B Soldier
Charles Jacobs
as Private Webb
Dennis Kreusler
as Sergeant Amos
Andrew Sears
as Private Maguire
Jim Robinson
as Private Bates
Nathan Baird
as Private Green
Sam E. Wright
as Private Dixon
Mikael Koski
as Private Giles
Troy Pickering
as Private Tyler
James Moffett
as Private Lewis
Josh Dean Williams
as Private Perry
Andrew Hansch
as Bugle Player
John Cannon
as Corporal Cannon
Georgia Adamson
as Receptionist
Craig Reeves
as Climbing Soldier
Adrian Twigg
as Soldier - Death Throes
Sean Lynch
as Popeye
Luke McMahon
as Stretcher Bearer
Bill Thompson
as Wounded Soldier
Kazuaki Ono
as Firing Japanese Soldier #2
Eric Taugherbeck
as Wounded Private O'Conner
Hayden Geens
as Wounded Private Blake
Edward Ned Law
as Rescued Private Horvath
Kazuki Yuyama
as Corpse With Rats #2
Daisuka Takeda
as Corpse With Rats #3
Raphael Dubois
as Corpse With Rats #4
Tim Potter
as Soldier Hank
Santo Tripodi
as Soldier Carl
Lawrence Brewer
as Head Doctor
John Batziolas
as Rescued Private Schulenberg
Nobuaki Shimamoto
as Japanese Officer
Hiroshi Kasuga (II)
as Japanese Hanging Soldier
Ryuzaburo Naruse
as Injured Japanese In Tunnel
Adam Bowes
as Rescued Wounded Leg Soldier
Michael Hennessy
as Rescued Private Moran
Benjamin McCann
as Rescued Private Saareste
Yukihiro Nagashima
as Rescued Japanese Soldier
Takehiro Abe
as Japanese Sniper
Daniel Thone
as Stretcher Bearer
Nathan Halls
as Private Tillson
Nicholas Cowey
as Private Gregan
Charles Upton
as Scared Military Officer
Toshiyuki Teramoto
as Surrendering Soldier
Honsen Haga
as Japanese General's Assistant
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  • A rousing tale of Pacific War heroism that has more in common with jingoistic Wayne staples such as Sands of Iwo Jima or The Green Berets than anything in the 21st century, this is wearily formulaic film-making.

    Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Hacksaw Ridge is an old-fashioned war film, melded with a kind of new-fashioned explicitly violent drama.

    Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A sterling modern war picture with an intriguing moral twist.

    Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Gibson has made a movie that's nearly pathological in its love of violence-but he nonetheless counterbalances its amoral pleasures with an understanding of the psychological devastation that war wreaks.

    Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • War is hell, but Hacksaw Ridge sacrifices that truth in favour of something far more insincere.

    Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The battle scenes in "Hacksaw Ridge" are among the most violent captured on film - and also the most urgent.

    Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hacksaw Ridge

  • Sep 20, 2017
    Somewhat torn about this. The directing, look and acting is top-notch, no doubt about it. Especially the huge battle scenes are impressive, disgusting and engaging, almost rivaling Saving Private Ryan's. The beginning does take its time introducing our protagonist and his early life. His ultimate engagement is unbelievable and the definition of a hero. While you feel some parts may be a bit exaggerated, the actual quotes the movie ends with prove many details right. On the other side, the film is neither particularly subtle about Doss' belief nor in making monsters out of the enemy. The final taking of Hacksaw Ridge is portrayed rather questionably. Still, Doss' unimaginable heroism is a story worth telling.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2017
    Good story, though just a tad too Hollywoodized. Realistic fighting and fantastic war effects.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2017
    Charging forth with a pacifist war story that's anything but passive, director Mel Gibson channels the vicious punch and visceral panache of some vaulted war films from H'Wood's past in telling the story of one very Brave Heart who's Passion for the Christ found him sticking to his religious, er, guns during one of World War II's deadliest skirmishes. In this R-rated war movie, pacifist WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) refuses to kill people during the Battle of Okinawa and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Sporting a hard R rating, the film unapologetically pains a very bloody picture. Ironically and unsurprisingly skewing more toward the War is Hell mantra (made famous as the memoir title of another unlikely WWII underdog hero, Audie Murphy) than, say, one that proselytizes Peace is Heaven, this film's title says everything about its tone: Hacksaw Ridge. The ironic part arises from the fact that it's a story about pacifist convictions. The unsurprising part stems from the fact that it comes courtesy of a man made iconic by ultra-violent actioner Lethal Weapon, an artist who (kinda, sorta) also made 'historic' filmic violence iconic with Braveheart. To this end, there's two reasons why it wasn't titled The Desmond Doss Story. Due to the extreme but strategic use of violence, he film proves both a thoughtful rumination on the duality of man that's as much a statement by Gibson as Doss. For better and worse, Gibson zeroes in on two flicks for inspiration: Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan (All Quiet on the Western Front doubtlessly is another but many will miss the connection given that, at 87 years old, that film as a cultural touchstone has timed out for anybody but film historians). The better? Hacksaw Ridge comes way closer than most to equaling the gut punch realism of these modern war classics, serving up a demoralizing boot camp segment that would make Jacket's R. Lee Emery's Drill Sgt. proud (Vince Vaughn, in a surprising but rewarding casting choice, believably doles out the vitriol) and setting the second half in an embattled Pacific warzone (amphibious landing, body count, jettisoned limbs, and all) that sometimes looks like Ryan Normandy Beach scenes picked up from the cutting room floor. The worse? The telltale stylistic beats 'borrowed' from these films can't be missed. Still, if Gibson hadn't already earned a place as a vaunted director with Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ, Hacksaw Ridge almost ensures him entry. The most expensive independent movie of all time (in his heyday, Gibson could get a Mother Theresa snuff film financed with one phone call but, post 2010 public meltdown amid a fickle film industry, he had to piece together financiers like a Shark Tank contestant) delivers a remarkable and well-shot true story. Sticking to your guns - even when sticking to your guns specifically involves sticking to no guns - becomes more than a religious argument. It sets fire to a contentious conversation about a public trying to peacefully go about their day despite mass shootings being an almost weekly occurrence. Destined for Direct-to-Video status after The Amazing Spider-Man series toppled into oblivion, Andrew Garfield gives a layered and nuanced performance. It's not enough that he believably embodies the belief system of Desmond Doss's pacifist, he also looks and acts every bit like the simple - though not simpleton - farmer. As he's proven with Apocalypto and every film he's directed involving armed conflict (and, saved for Man Without a Face, they all do), Gibson puts forth a contemplative message saying peace is better than war but, ultimately, violence as an ends-to-a-means is often unavoidable ...or so it seems. Perhaps, the title of Lethal Weapon was simply hailing the coming of a cinematic realist. To Sum it Up: Soldier of Good Fortune
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2017
    From Mel Gibson comes the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Based on a true story the film follows conscientious objector Desmond Doss as he fights to be allowed to serve as an Army Medic and ends up playing a pivotal role in the Battle of Okinawa. Starring Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, and Vince Vaughn, the film has an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And as usual, Gibson does an incredible job at showing the gritty reality of war. The writing is also especially good; exploring such themes as adhering to one's religious convictions and the personal toll that violence takes. An extraordinarily compelling story about faith and heroism, Hacksaw Ridge is a powerful film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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