To End All Wars

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For the book the film is based on, see Through the Valley of the Kwai.
To End All Wars
To End All Wars 2001 DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover.
Directed by David L. Cunningham
Produced by Jack Hafer, David L. Cunningham
Written by Brian Godawa
Ernest Gordon
Starring Robert Carlyle
Kiefer Sutherland
Ciaran McMenamin
Mark Strong
Sakae Kimura
Masayuki Yui
James Cosmo
Music by Moya Brennan
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates 2001
Running time 125 min
Language English / Japanese

To End All Wars is a 2001 war film starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland and Sakae Kimura and directed by David L. Cunningham.

Storyline[edit]

The film is set in a Japanese prisoner of war labour camp where the inmates are building the Burma Railway during the last three and a half years of World War II.

The screenplay is based on the autobiography of Ernest Gordon and recounts the experiences of faith and hope of the interned men. The autobiography was originally published under the name Through the Valley of the Kwai, then later as Miracle on the River Kwai (not to be confused with the separate novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle). Gordon's book was finally re-issued with the title To End All Wars to tie in with the film.

Cast overview (first billed only)[edit]

Production[edit]

It was filmed primarily on the island of Kauai, Hawai'i, with some excerpt shots of Thailand. The film was rated R in the U.S. for war violence and brutality, and for some language.

Reception[edit]

As of May 2012, the movie was at 58% ("rotten") on the Tomatometer on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator website. However, the site did not consider the number of reviews from "Approved Tomatometer Critics" to be sufficient to form a consensus about the film.[1] The film was awarded the Crystal Heart Award and Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature at the Heartland Film Festival.[citation needed]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack was never released as a stand-alone release. Various songs have been re-recorded by Moya Brennan on her subsequent solo albums, most recently 'Mo Mhian' on My Match Is A Makin'.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mo Mhian (Healing Heart)"   Moya Brennan  
2. "I Will Go (Campbell's Theme)"   Moya Brennan  
3. "Lá na Cruinne"   Moya Brennan  
4. "Find The Place"   John Cameron & Moya Brennan  
5. "Amazing Grace"   John Newton / Traditional  
6. "Pomp And Circumstance"   Edward Elgar  
7. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"   Johann Sebastian Bach  
8. "Yankee Doodle Boy"   George M. Cohan  

References[edit]

  1. ^ To End All Wars (2001) rottentomatoes.com

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