Mel Gibson received a 10-minute standing ovation after Hacksaw Ridge was seen during its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 4. The biographical war film will be released in the United States on November 4. Even though the release is months away, the popularity of the film is already growing. Gibson's war movie is based on the true story that took over two years to finish after Gibson first got involved and financed the $55 million project.

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About 'Hacksaw Ridge'

The emphasis of the 131-minute film is about United States Army medic Desmond T. Doss, who was a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector. A conscientious objector is one who refuses to bear arms because of strict beliefs. Doss refused to bear arms. Even so, he saved the lives of over 75 fellow soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II without a weapon of any kind. President Harry S. Truman presented him with a Medal of Honor for his service. The war movie is called Hacksaw Ridge because that's the name of the cliff on the island of Okinawa, Japan where the two-week battle between the United States and Japanese soldiers took place. 

Reaction to 'Hacksaw Ridge'

People who have had the privilege of previewing the film before its official release in November are already raving about it.

They mentioned how realistic the movie is. The battle scenes are so real that viewers feel that they are there in the midst of the action. Moviegoers are impressed with what they learned about Doss. He demonstrated courage in the midst of the war. He never gave up on his faith and his belief for non-violence. 

Andrew Garfield plays the character of Desmond Doss who never fired or carried a gun because of his Christian beliefs. The battle at Hacksaw Ridge was the bloodiest battle of World War II.

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Doss was the only soldier to fight on the front line without a gun. Viewers will see in the movie that Doss took care of the wounded behind enemy lines. He, himself, was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Yet he carried on his mission. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 and spent the next five years under medical treatment for his injuries from the war. The hero died in 2006 at the age of 87 from breathing problems associated with tuberculosis.

Other well-known actors in the war film include Vince Vaughan and Sam Worthington. Carve out some time to see the movie when it comes to a theater near you on November 4.

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