(LOS ANGELES) — The trailer for Oscar winning director Mel Gibson’s WWII biopic Hacksaw Ridge has just debuted online, and promises a unique look at a unique World War II hero: Desmond Doss.
Like millions of American soldiers, Doss performed astounding feats of courage under fire — but Doss, played by Andrew Garfield — was the only G.I. to do so by refusing to even touch a firearm.
While Doss believed the war was justified, as a devout Seventh Day Adventist, he was steadfastly against killing. Branded a coward by his fellow soldiers, Doss hit the beaches of Okinawa as a totally unarmed medic, and despite being wounded, ended up evacuating at least 75 of his wounded comrades by lowering them singlehandedly from an enemy-laden cliff.
Doss became the first of only three conscientious objectors in history to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Hacksaw Ridge, which also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths, will debut at the Venice Film Festival, and open in theaters on Nov. 4.
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