Late this past week Lionsgate released the first trailer for Mel Gibson’s WWII drama, Hacksaw Ridge his first directed film since 2006.
Based on a true story about US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-Day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to bear arms and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
When Doss was asked how many lives he saved, he approximated 50. Individuals that witnessed the heroic event said it was really closer to 100, but a mutual agreement was reached at approximately 75.
Doss was a member of the Army’s 77th Infantry Division. Known as the “Liberty Division” for their distinctive insignia of a gold Statue of Liberty on a blue background, the 77th fought at Guam, Leyte (Philippines), and Okinawa. One of its units, Company C of the 306th Infantry Regiment, left the US in 1944 with 203 officers and men. By war’s end in August 1945, just 13 of the original members were left.
Despite Mel Gibson’s personal issues away from the camera there is no denying his talent as a director and Hacksaw Ridge looks to be excellent. Andrew Garfield who’s playing “Doss” could easily get a good look when it comes Oscar time in the Best Actor category.
Hacksaw Ridge is set to be released November 4, 2016
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn.
Hacksaw Ridge Official Synopsis:
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.