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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 (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VDZ8Z8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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What an amazing story.
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The world is fortunate to have men of faith like Desmond Doss, for there are so few men like him.
Japanese snipers reported that their guns refused to fire when they had Desmond in their sights!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alvin K. Trace on November 10, 2007
Format: DVD
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2008
Format: DVD
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on November 15, 2008
Format: DVD
This documentary tells the story of Desmond Doss, an Army medic who entered the army as a conscientious objector and ending up receiving the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the military...the Medal of Honor. The film really can be split into two parts:

The first part tells of Doss's pre-battle experiences, starting with his conviction as a child (after seeing his father almost murder his uncle had not a gun been removed from the situation) to never pick up a firearm or take another life. However, Doss also felt a great sense to serve his country during World War II, thus enlisted in the military to try and become a medic, enamored with saving lives instead of taking them. Until seeing battle in Okinawa, though, Doss was ridiculed by fellow soldiers, threatened to be court marshaled, and came close to being kicked out of the Army altogether by his superiors, all for not wanting to pick up a weapon. The kind of persecution he endured for the simple cause of not training in with a rifle is a great stain upon the entire U.S. military.

The second part of the documentary is much more hopeful, as it recounts Doss's harrowing experiences during the U.S. invasion of Okinawa. While most men were content to protect their own lives, Doss would time and time again risk his breath to save as many soldiers as possible. In one heroic night, Doss saved nearly an entire fleet of wounded soldiers by patching them up, dragging them to a ridge, and lowing down via a rope by himself...all under heavy Japanese gunfire. By the time his fighting service ended, Doss was the medic that every Army unit wanted by its side.

Finally, the cinematography of this film is incredible.
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