Multiple Oscar winner Mel Gibson is back behind the camera with “Hacksaw Ridge,” a World War II drama based on a true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be warded the Congressional medal of honor.
The film follows Desmond from his childhod in Blue Ridge Mountains to his army training to the battlegrounds of Okinawa, Japan but refused to kill people and did not carry a weapon.
Former “Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss. This is Gibson’s first directorial outing since 2006’s “Apocalypto.
The topical drama is slated for a Nov. 4 US theatrical release and will also play at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Here is the official synopsis for Hacksaw Ridge:
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.
Opens 4 November 2016 (USA)
Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaugh, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey