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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

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  • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield at an event for Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Mel Gibson in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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19 October 2016 | donprosseractor
| Superbly crafted screenplay of the Doc
I was fortunate enough to see an advanced screening of HACKSAW RIDGE in Hollywood and was impressed. The screenplay is authentically-driven to the last detail and portrays the horrors (and prejudices) of wartime conduct. I knew we were watching an epic film when at the conclusion, the audience was stunned so much so that the applause was delayed.

If you consider yourself a true patriot of America, this movie portrays YOUR values in a blessed light. For ONE gentlemen, amidst extremely adverse treatment by his own comrades and even more deadly hated by his enemy to have save SO many men... is simply epic.

I watched the advanced screening with members of the military and faith community alike. At no time did anyone retract from the horrors of war or add asinine political commentary. We all understood that soldiers fight for one another before they fight for a cause and that hatred of war is universal; even among soldiers.

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The weapon Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) is using is an M3, .45-cal. ACP submachine gun, known as the "Grease Gun" or "Greaser". It received its name because it resembles the common garage tool. It came into use late in the war, supplanting the venerable Thompson submachine gun ("Tommy Gun"). It was not a general-issue weapon to infantrymen; normally it was meant to be the crew weapon on a tank due to its compactness, firepower, and maneuverability in confined spaces like in a tank, or for officers, both non-commissioned and commissioned, and special units. Many, however, did find their way to regular frontline troops in mid 1944. Initially, the M3 was not popular; it had some mechanical faults and did not look like a reliable weapon to the soldiers using them, especially when compared to the more elegant Thompson, but the M3 eventually won their respect with its advantages and effectiveness in action. The feed system consisted of a thirty-round detachable box magazine. This earlier-model weapon had a cocking lever on the side that you can see during some scenes in the movie if you look closely. Later models (M3A1) were charged by simply pulling back on the bolt by inserting your finger into a recess in the bolt, with the M3's handle eliminated due to complaints of it breaking under rigorous use. The M3A1 wire stock included a tab to help load magazines, the ends were threaded to accept a cleaning brush to clean the barrel as well as being used as a wrench to unscrew the barrel for disassembly. The M3A1 went on to serve the U.S. Army from the end of World War II up to its own replacement by the M4 carbine in the 1990s, commonly accompanying tank crewmen. Some examples may have served for longer in the U.S. Military, and other nations continue to use them actively. The weapon was manufactured by, among others, General Motors Headlight Division, and cost about twenty dollars apiece, as opposed to the Thompson, which cost about one hundred dollars apiece, even after being simplified. In 2016, the unit cost to manufacture the M3 was approximately two hundred eight dollars.


Desmond Doss: Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow...


The cliff shown in the movie is an exaggeration of the actual Maeda Escarpment, which is not nearly as high, nor as vertical in reality.


To God be the Glory
(Traditional Song)
Written by
Fanny Crosby
Music by Howard Doane (as William Doane)


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Biography | Drama | History | War

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