Academy-Award-winning actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson has teamed up with Lionsgate for an inspirational film about a World War II soldier, Desmond Doss, who proves that the only weapon needed on the battlefield is prayer.
“Hacksaw Ridge” is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider Man”), who in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII miraculously saves 75 men in a matter of hours without firing or carrying a gun.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war.
In his Medal of Honor citation it says that while at war Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with many stricken soldiers, carrying them one-by-one to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to safety. He often times exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire on his rescue missions and was wounded but never relented.
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