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To End All Wars [DVD][2001]

Ciarán McMenamin , Robert Carlyle , David L. Cunningham    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ciarán McMenamin, Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Strong, James Cosmo
  • Directors: David L. Cunningham
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052YRYEO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars humanity at best and worst 1 Mar 2005
By A Customer
War brings out the best and worst in human relationships and this film brings out both in startling clarity. The actors are all superb as they portray people whose basic humanity is strained in the most terrible of conditions. Some rise above the horror of the prison camp, some fall and courage is shown not in how strong you can be but in how you respond when strength is not an option. This film is deeply moving in its own right but to know that it is a true story and that the people actually existed ensures that its power does not cross the line into emotional manipulation. Watch this film and weep!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Though provoking. 8 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I brought this dvd with some misgivings if it was, as suggested, heavily slanted on christianity. I found nothing of the sort. I watched a film depicting the ability of the individual to find a spirituality in the deepest, darkest face of adversity. It's release should not have been delayed, in fact the lack of publicity for this film is nothing short of disgraceful, echoing a similar lack of recognition of the lives and deaths of the people involved. 'To End All Wars' serves as a timely reminder of man's ability to harm and heal.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Robert Carlyle (Trainstopping, The Beach), Kiefer Sutherland (24, The Lost Boys, Phone Booth), Cieran McManamin and Mark Strong shine through in Oscar worthy performances in this powerful true story of (as the tagline says) the will to survive and the courage to forgive.
Director David L. Cunningham's film, based on World War II veteran Ernest Gordon's book, is a thing of beauty. Never mind all those so-called 'American Classics' like American Beauty and The Cider House Rules. Don't get me wrong, those are excellent movies, but I just see To End All Wars as better filmmaking triumph. The film shows the true horrors that British and American soldier faced in a Japanese prison camp during WWII.
With McManamin and Strong being little-known actors, I thought that Carlyle and Sutherland would over-shadow them. But that is not the case as they act as supporting material to McManamin's breathtaking leading performance and Strong is equally as 'strong'.
But To End All Wars doesn't just have wonderful performances. Every last detail is done to perfection, especially Cunningham's direction. But, there is one thing that does puzzle me and that is if Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black and The Rock are both in IMBd's Top 250, then why isn't this?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 9 Jun 2004
Format:VHS Tape
an amazing film tackling the reality of forgiveness and grace - brilliant performances from carlyle and sutherland, I would recommend this film to anyone who asks!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to end all wars 23 Aug 2005
a brilliant depiction of life in a p.o.w camp in burma.amazing acting by all the cast, especially robert carlisle.for people, like me who have a passion for military history it is a must see film. the film focuses on the argule regiment, based on reel soldiers and there experience under capture and the horrific triles thay had to endure under the japanese.the film is very upseting at times, as it shows some cruel seens. very well filmed and quite accurate historicly.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and challenging 1 Mar 2005
By quinny
An excellent movie that depicts man's capacity for inhumanity and the Christian morals practiced by the POW's that both bewildered and shamed their Japanese captors. In spite of the film's ethical slant, it ranks alongside the best war films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? 7 May 2004
By Akira
Watched this for the first time today. It's assured not to be the last time.
While watching, I was compelled; drawn in to the story - moreso than many films. The emotional impact it weaves, and thus has on the viewer is...something very special indeed. The brutality tears away at one's mind; keeping a constant reminder of how inhuman and cruel our race can be. But more than just the pain and suffering, there is the conflict of revenge and mercy. These physical & emotional battles bring the viewer closer to the feel of the actions, with more success than some war films.
The acting on everyone's part, is breathtaking - throughout. The whole -feel- of the film is extraordinary. A perfect cast, with a sad and harsh true story. There were moments where I had to cry. I saw these moments, and not only saw it from the POWs' POV, but, also, I reflected on -myself- and who I am. I compared the flaws and strengths and the characters with myself; as me, and as a human being. This is truly one of the better films in a war genre.
It is a real big shame that this film has not received the attention and recognition and acclaim it well deserves. I would very easily rank it up with the best war films made. The story of a small portion of our expansive history, yet containing just as meaningful, just as powerful, just as important a group of lives and series of events as any war as a whole.
A portion of our history; dwarfed in size, like it is said in the film, that of the single human being, who weighs but only a feather.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, very moving 7 Feb 2011
By nathan
thought provoking, moving, emotional in parts and at times chilling. a fantasticly acted war drama which teaches the real meaning of forgiveness from both a soldiers perspective and a christians perspective. its even more harrowing to know its a true story. a must see for anyone wanting to be genuinely left speachless.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong item
i sent for this as a present for my friend when he opened it it was all in italian unusable i tried to return but because it had been open couldnt return if i hadnt opened it i... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joyce johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film.
I watched this on Sky and had to buy the DVD for my son as it is so well done.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Dora Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very good film, extremely well acted by all the stars , and also very realistic. Would recommend this film to anyone who watches war films.
Published 5 months ago by colin edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback on To End all Wars DVD
This is a true reflection of happenings are Three Pagoda Pass, my late father was a Far Eastern Prisoner of War and has described scenes just like the film; to us, as he was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gerald Summons
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly beautiful.
What a dark horse this film was. I hadn't heard of it until recently, but as a huge fan of Australian TV's 'Changi,' I thought this might be worth watching. It was. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Boo Radley
5.0 out of 5 stars To End All Wars [DVD][2001]
It may be a low budget film, but it is brilliantly done.
The actors cannot be faulted in the roles they played in this film based on the truth. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of meny
I got this film becous it is one of meny war films that i am looking for. I have seen some of the war films i am looking for on your web site but thay are u.s. Read more
Published 9 months ago by keith appleyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing true story
This is, without doubt, one of the most powerful film I've seen - up there with Mississippi Burning and Tears of the Sun. Read more
Published 9 months ago by H. Nowlan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary of many stories
I recently read Ernest Gordon's book 'Miracle on the River Kwai' and was aware of this film having watched it many years ago. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DCheyside
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
my husband is a fan of one of the actors who is in the film but enjoyed it it was getting it
Published 10 months ago by paula beckett
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