To End All Wars (2002)



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A World War II, prisoner-of-war drama about a group of American POWs. Led by Lieutenant Colonel Stuart McLean, the officers--Major Ian Campbell, Captain Ernest Gorgon and Lieutenant Tom Rigden--endure harsh treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors, while building a railway through the Burmese jungle.

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Critic Reviews for To End All Wars

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

More grueling than rewarding.

Dec 5, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A vivid but uneven film.

Dec 5, 2002 | Full Review…

An ensemble effort that recalls other great POW movies, Wars boasts many superb performances.

May 17, 2002

Godawa and director David Cunningham don't fall back on paint-by-numbers transformation.

Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Will be well-received on Sunday-school movie night at church, particularly during group discussions afterward. For the rest of us, alas, it doesn't quite hang together.

Jul 5, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Its message of costly sacrifice and hard-won reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, and the fact that this story is drawn from actual events demands attention.

Nov 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for To End All Wars


An overlooked film that gives a strong message. Not your typical prisoner of war film. This one portrays unity, humanity, and forgiveness among soldiers of all groups..the power of forgiveness over hate. Excellent cast. Very well done...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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A powerful movie that offers a compelling view of war and the power of forgiveness,and does so in an effective and engrossing way. The subject matter and tone is in many ways similar to Bridge Over the River Kwai (a masterpiece), especially in the way it humanizes the enemy, though it lacks the restraint and subtlety of that film. Strong performances from everyone involved. I only wish the film had waited until the epilogue to show the real-life images of the POW camps, as to do it in-film can be distracting. An authentic and memorable tale of war and redemption. 4/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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An amasing and unforgettable movie. Powerful, astonishing and extroadinary. A remarkable look on the inside of pain and survival. Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Strong, Ciaren McMenamin and Robert Carlyle deliver excellent performances. A relentless war drama. It grabs you and never lets go for a second. Brilliant, riveting and exhilerating. A film such as this should not be missed. Well excuted and superbly performed. An emotionally gripping, deeply moving and electrifying powerhouse. Great storytelling thats as gripping and as moving as Schindlers List. . A film with an impact more powerful than any gun battle could describe. This is true poetry-in-motion. A remarkable piece of work.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly good! It's a mystery why this one never went up in the cinema as it has a great, yet brutal, story to tell. It feels a bit different than regular war movies, as it is mostly played out in a prison camp, but in this case that's something that works for the better. On top of that it bears a lot of heart and soul that will definitely affect you on some level. What makes it most special though is the excellent and well-mixed cast. Among them is a very interesting character played by Kiefer Sutherland, who we now know best through the hit series "24". The only thing I didn't really like about this movie is the music score...but maybe that's just me.

Mike S
Mike S

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