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Conscientious Objector, The (2004)

documentary , Terry L. Benedict  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: documentary
  • Directors: Terry L. Benedict
  • Writers: Terry L. Benedict, Jeff Wood
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinequest
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VDZ8Z8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Conscientious Objector, The" on IMDb

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The Conscientious Objector is a multiple award-winning documentary which tells the incredible true story of Desmond T. Doss, a World War II hero who never once touched a firearm. An inspiring and life-affirming account of a peaceful man whose religious beliefs spurred him to renounce all weapons and, in the process, allowed for him to save countless lives as a medic on the front lines and, eventually, to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story.... November 10, 2007
Am amazing story about a man who stood for his principles despite the challenges and difficulties he had to face during WWII. Director Terry Benedict, does a great job telling the story of Desmond Doss, the only winner of the Congressionl Medal of Honor in WWII, who refused to carry a gun. The documentary follows Doss and a group of his fellow soldiers, some of whom had previously ridiculed Doss, back to Okinawa and the place where Doss had saved almost 100 of his fellow soldiers by personally lowered them down the escarpment knowns as "Hacksaw Ridge." Check this one for Veterans Day!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more men/women like Desmond Doss May 24, 2008
This is one amazing DVD and I am sure many people have never even heard of Private First Class Desmond Doss, U S Army Medical Detachment of the 307th Infantry and then 77th Infantry Division. And as the subtitle notes: The story of bravery, loyality and faith.

I sat spell bound listening to those who served with him, and hearing how so many men in the service mocked him, demeaned him, and tried to get him to give up his Christian faith, even when they knew he didn't have to serve as a medic because of his religious beliefs but wanted to in order to serve others. And he was nothing short of miraculous and unselfish even when he was badly wounded and was being carried to safety and saw another soldier badly hurt, and Doss rolled off the stretcher and went to help the man and asked that they take him to get further help first.

And 400 feet up a cliff area he went, and over twelve hours with the rope set up he devised, he lowered one by one, injured men, at the rate of roughly one every 10-15 minutes. This was while he and his unit were in Urasoe Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, April-May 1945. What was so interesting was an Army guy named Cunningham who was in charge of him and ridiculed him and basically called him a coward, ran away when the Japanese were attacking, according to numerous men who served in the same unit and saw the guy run or basically desert.

But not once did Doss flinch in any job he was given even when Cunningham and other officers gave him KP duty where his hands were raw from all the cleaning. Or when on Sunday he was made to clean bathrooms. And he always rested on the sabbath and always had his Bible with him.

Some members of his unit even said after he prayed for them, their unit was the only one that didnt loose on man. As the movie shows, those who didnt understand him or disagreed with him at the time, saw a real man once they saw him in action.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Story of a True Hero November 17, 2008
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This is the inspirational story of Army Infantry Corporal Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who served in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. Frankly, it is one of the most moving pictures I have ever seen and I highly recommend it.

Desmond Doss grew up as a Seventh Day Adventist, his mother being the spiritual leader of the family. She hung a picture of the 10 commandments in the Doss living room, and young Desmond studied those commandments and took them to heart - literally. He was particularly affected by the picture depicting the commandment "You shall not kill", where Cain stood over a slain Abel, holding a club in his hand. After being convicted in his heart, he vowed then and there that he would never take a human life.

Fastforward 15 years and Desmond Doss enlists in the US Army, intent on becoming a medic. The Army accepted him, but instead did not accept his request to become a medic. Instead, they tried to break Doss and turn him into a fighting soldier. Thus came a series of hard-nosed company commanders who rode young Private Doss hard and persecuted him to give up his religious beliefs and take up a rifle. The men of his own company rejected and ridiculed him, believing he was weak, a coward, thinking he would get them killed in battle. They threw Army boots at him as he prayed on bended knees at his cot. The persecution went on for months, yet Doss stood firm and refused to learn the task of killing. He was totally isolated and alone, yet, remarkably, this young man did not give up his belief that killing was wrong. He stood firm. Finally, the Army relented and Doss entered the medical corp.

It was in Okinowa that Doss proved himself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story June 15, 2008
This is a story about an amazing man who refused to carry a gun, was persecuted for it over and over, yet never gave up his conviction. And as the story unfolds, the very people who persecuted him, not only come to love and respect him, but their very lives are saved by the man they tried to get booted out of the army for his beliefs. What an amazing story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars conscientious objector inspires April 4, 2009
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The story of Desmond T. Doss, the only conscientious objector to ever win the Medal of Honor, is the most remarkable war story I've ever heard. I share this documentary with patients at a hospice who are of the age to have been old enough during WWII to remember. He inspires everyone with his courage and faith. I never tire of seeing it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different view of WWII July 15, 2009
This true story of a man who lived his faith with simplicity to a profound degree. His belief in the 10 commandments (which he took literally) led him to believe he could not take a human life. Serving as a medic in the Pacific theatre and under harsh criticism from his peers and commanders, he persists in his loyal obedience to his beliefs. What makes this film great is his courage under fire, his amazing rescue of his fellows under the harshest and most dangerous conditions. This led to his being awarded the medal of honor.
A must see for any patriot, its careful handling of sensitive subject matter and personal interviews with WWII vets is compelling and most of all, true.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well done film that every young American should see. The values of partriotism, and faith are well presented
Published 7 days ago by Neil Loney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Totally awesome!
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Gillikin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone needs to see this.
Published 2 months ago by L. Scoggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiraational Man with Convictions lived out.
This is a must see. What a wonderful story of the character and conviction of this man Desmond Doss. It is enlightening, inspiring and proof of the truth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tikvah
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern day 'Miracle' story
This is one of the most amazing stories I have heard in the modern era! Documented and validated by many men who were there - and historical military records. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Grasser
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this doc
Always loved this documentary. My second time to buy this DVD as I gave the first to my father in Manila..
Published 5 months ago by Maria Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncanny Faith in action
Whether you believe in the tenets of being a Conscientious Objector or not, the demonstrated faith in this story is worthy of the medal received, and the honor bestowed, for any... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris M.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent true story of courage in WWII
I highly recommend this inspiring true story of a WWII hero who received one of the highest military awards for his bravery and courage.
Published 5 months ago by Bobbi Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
All school children should watch this. It is a beautiful message that shows there is more than one way to be a hero.
Published 6 months ago by Herbera Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars True Hero
This is a story of a man who not only faced combat and did so to save the lives of his comrades, he did so to save the lives of those who misunderstood him and treated him horibly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dan Cook
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