Win HACKSAW RIDGE Poster Signed by Mel Gibson!

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Win a director signed copy movie poster from HACKSAW RIDGE.

Win a director signed copy movie poster from HACKSAW RIDGE.

To commemorate the upcoming Veteran’s Day holiday tomorrow, we are pleased to be offering you a chance to win one of two official posters from the newly released film HACKSAW RIDGE (reviewed here). The posters have been signed by the film’s director Mel Gibson and feature the heroic main character Desmond Doss (portrayed by Andrew Garfield).

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Synposis:

hacksaw_ridge_posterHACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman), who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, miraculously saved 75 men in a matter of hours without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, except the simple prayer he uttered before he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, under constant enemy gunfire and artillery bombardment. Doss’ courage and faith won the admiration of his commanders and fellow soldiers, as he saved the lives of the very men who had persecuted him for refusing to carry a gun. He believed the war was just, but to kill under any circumstance was wrong. Doss was labeled the first conscientious objector (he called himself a “conscientious cooperator” as he volunteered) to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge is directed by Mel Gibson (Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) and also stars Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.

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4 Comments

  1. There are no words to adequately describe the indelible impression left on my heart by the courage and conviction of Desmond Doss as portrayed in Hacksaw Ridge!

  2. I did not pay much attention to the movie’s opening and would not have attended had not my son asked me to go. Not only was the movie well done, but by its end I simply could not wrap my head around the amount of courage demonstrated by Desmond Doss. It’s one thing to accept the weapons of war and to use them in the course of bravery. It is another to adhere to one’s (Christian) principles while accepting the possible consequences of harm to self. Alvin York is held up as an example of a pacifist who reluctantly went to battle in World War I, but he apparently became convinced that fighting could be justified biblically (see Wikipedia entry on York). This was not the case for Doss as is made plain in the movie.

    Both “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Sergeant York” (which I have not seen) reportedly take some artistic license with actual events. Nevertheless, “Hacksaw Ridge” is not overly sentimental and makes no glorification of war, however much war is viewed as necessary. Alvin York did many great things for his community after WWI. It would be interesting to know more about Doss after he went home.

  3. I pray for the veterans in my family — my dad, brother, sister, uncles — and for all vets today. I also offer a Mass for them, post a thank you on my blog, and on social media.

    I watched Hacksaw Ridge and loved it! It deserves an Academy Award!

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