HACKSAW RIDGE is based on the true story of World War II American Army medic Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, who refuses to carry a gun due to his strong religious convictions. Though he’s mocked mercilessly, his bravery during the Battle of Okinawa leads to his single-handedly saving the lives of 75 men, after which he is awarded the Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield, best known at this point for his work as Spider-Man, earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in addition to five other nominations for the film, including Best Picture and Best Director for Mel Gibson.
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