Venice Film Festival Gives ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ a Ten Minute Standing Ovation

Mel Gibson’s World War II drama Hacksaw Ridgedrew a ten-minute standing ovation during its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on the Lido Sunday night, according to reports.

Hacksaw Ridge — which marks Gibson’s return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2006’s Apocalypto — centers on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector and medic who received the Medal of Honor for saving 75 men during the bloody Battle of Okinawa during World War II, all without ever firing a gun.

It looks amazing:

On the other hand, did they ever applaud that much for a movie in which the main character fires a gun?  Because, that’s what a lot of war movies are about.

It will be a hit as long as they keep Gibson away from the booze.


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2 Responses to Venice Film Festival Gives ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ a Ten Minute Standing Ovation

  1. Neal N. Bob says:

    If nothing else, Mel was smart enough to make a movie about Okinawa. Were it a film about the European theatre, it would be hard to tell who he thought the good guys were.

    I’ll be here all week! Try the steak!

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  2. Paul Krendler says:

    Clint Eastwood was directing movies long before he reached the age where Gibson is now. Gibson, for all his personal faults, still has a vision, and the ability to put it on film.

    He’s got the talent, provided he keeps his nose clean, to create quality films for twenty years.

    And it’s worth noting that his real problem in Hollywood is that he has the wrong vices.

    Not like Roman Polanski.

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