Hacksaw Ridge

2016 film directed by Mel Gibson

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war drama movie. It was directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan. It was based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. The film focuses on the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who did not carry or use a weapon or firearm of any kind. This was because he was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa. Andrew Garfield stars as Doss, with Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn in supporting roles.

Hacksaw Ridge
Directed byMel Gibson
Screenplay by
Based onThe Conscientious Objector
by Terry Benedict
Produced by
CinematographySimon Duggan
Edited byJohn Gilbert
Music byRupert Gregson-Williams
Distributed by
Release dates
  • September 4, 2016 (2016-09-04) (Venice)
  • November 3, 2016 (2016-11-03) (Australia)
  • November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04) (United States)
Running time
139 minutes[2]
  • United States
  • Australia
Budget$40 million[3][4]
Box office$175.3 million[5]

The movie was released in the United States on November 4, 2016. It made $175.3 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews, with Gibson's direction and Garfield's performance getting praise.[5] Hacksaw Ridge was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of its top ten Movies of the Year.[6] It got many awards and nominations.


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  3. Brooks Barnes (October 26, 2016). "'Hacksaw Ridge,' a Gory War Movie for Both Hawks and Doves". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 30, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  4. "'Doctor Strange' To Give Booster Shot To Sleepy Fall Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 2, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hacksaw Ridge (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on April 9, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  6. Hipes, Patrick (December 8, 2016). "AFI Awards: Best Of 2016 List Includes 'Silence', 'Hacksaw Ridge' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.

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