Hacksaw Ridge (2016 USA/Aus) Cert. 15 – partially subtitled

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Based on the real-life story of Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector who volunteered as a medic during WWII, but refused to carry a weapon.

Despite being repeatedly victimised for his stance, Desmond persisted – winning the ‘right’ to participate in one of the bloodiest battles of the war in the Pacific, for the heavily garrisoned Hacksaw Ridge on Okinawa.  Braving enemy fire, he evacuated the wounded and singlehandedly removed 75 comrades from the battlefield.

 

 

 

 

The Congressional Medal of Honor was eventually bestowed upon him – see the archive photo of President Truman presenting the medal on the right.

 

 

Mel Gibson’s comeback film is a visceral, riveting experience with a first-rate performance from Garfield.

 

Here is the Review of the film in The Telegraph and also a link to a deeper discussion of the film within the context of Mel Gibson’s directorial career – seemingly over after a series of ‘politically incorrect’ gaffes – published in The Guardian

 

In addition to the link to a Trailer, in the newspaper articles, the ‘official’ version can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 14th March 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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