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Based on a true story, Period and Historical, War Films
Desmond T. Doss’ formative years are shaped by complex familial relationships, particularly with his strict, army veteran father. After a violent outburst in which he badly hurts his sibling, Desmond’s religious convictions take on a more significant role in his life. Many years later, with American involvement in World War Two escalating, Desmond enlists in the US army as a medic, despite being a conscientious objector. Overcoming physical and mental tests of endurance from fellow soldiers and with his superiors questioning his patriotism, Desmond convinces a judge at a military tribunal of his principles and is allowed to serve. Thereafter, his unit is assigned to the Battle of Okinawa in which he displays extraordinary courage under the most extreme conditions – and refuses to fire a single shot – in this brutal, uncompromising war film.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director Oscar-winner for this tense action film about mentally pressured bomb squad specialists in Iraq.
14–16 years 126 mins
Mel Gibson's rabble-rousing historical epic in which Scots farmer William Wallace is spurred to battle the English and to leading a militia in revolt.
16+ years 170 mins
A company commander makes a desperate decision within the crossfire of war-torn Afghanistan, leading to serious consequences for all around him.
16+ years 115 mins
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