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The Conscientious Objector
The Conscientious Objector
Actor: documentary
Director: Terry Benedict
Genres: Action & Adventure, Special Interests, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2007     1hr 41min

An inspirational story of patriotism and faith, The Conscientious Objector is an award-winning documentary which tells the incredible true story of Desmond T. Doss, a World War II hero who never once touched a firearm. Des...  more »


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Actor: documentary
Director: Terry Benedict
Genres: Action & Adventure, Special Interests, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality, Documentary, Military & War
Studio: Cinequest
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/11/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Amazing story....
Alvin K. Trace | Chattanooga, TN | 11/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
We need more men/women like Desmond Doss
MotherLodeBeth | Sierras of California | 05/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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.

Amazing Story
B. Matyis | Austin, TX United States | 06/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Highly recommended
Charles C. Hamm | Yorkville, IL USA | 11/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie at the recommendation of a friend and was very pleased. It reinforces the message of loving your neighbor. Desmond Doss cared about other people from a young age right on to the end. He was a true patriot and strong believer in his faith. He did not back down and his God strengthened him to do things beyond normal human ability. Watch this film and learn how obeying God brings much happiness in life."