To End All Wars

Synopsis: A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately they find true freedom by forgiving their enemies. Based on the true story of Ernest Gordon.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): David L. Cunningham
Production: Argyll Film Partners
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

How I miss Scotland

and the sea.

The sea.

There's nothing like it

in all the earth --

salt in your face,

the wind at your back,

and all the world before you,

and you're freer than a bird in

the air or a fish in the ocean.

To be free --

i reckon that's why I joined

the second war to end all wars.

I was at the university

studying to be a teacher

when the call to arms occurred.

I was only too eager

to put aside my studies

for the glory of action.

I stopped reading history

and became a part of it.

I joined the proud ranks

of the argyll and sutherland


and became

captain Ernest Gordon.

My commanding officer

was lieutenant colonel

Stuart mclean,

the finest commander

the 93rd battalion ever had...

A man of deep loyalties

to his country, his duty,

and his men --

a loyalty

that was soon to be matched

by his own second-in-command,

major Ian Campbell,

a man of passionate devotion

to the colonel,

as well as the cause.

And it was our loyalties that

would eventually be tested.

The argylls had a legacy of

being the last line of defense,

and we were to prove

that legacy once again

in the face of defeat

and capture by the enemy.

You look the devil in the face

with pride, boys!

There we go!


And try not

and sh*t your kilts.

Come on, then!

Bastards are just playing

with our minds.

When you surrender in war,

you're stripped

of your dignity as a soldier.

All you've got left

is your fellow comrades,

many of whom you've just met.

Lieutenant Jim reardon,

merchant marine,

one of the few Americans

in the area,

attached himself to the argylls

during the allied surrender.

We called him "yanker,"

'cause he was both an American

and a bit of a wanker.

Parade halt!


that stench?

That'll be death,



Parade right!

Parade halt!

Left, hut!

Stand at ease!

Stand easy.


What the hell

does "tenko" mean?

Must be roll call.

Today you will count off

in English.

But tomorrow and forever,

in Japanese.

Start counting!




Man #2:

Man #3:

Man #4:

Big-eared nip.


This is

a shame culture.

You make them lose face,

you'll pay.

Stand easy.


This is an outrage!

I am a senior officer,

and I will not tolerate

this barbaric behavior!

This man has rights!

Are they...


Attention, prisoners.

You are now captives

of his imperial majesty,

the emperor.

Behold the extreme penalty

for those who try to escape.

This is

for your own sake.

You will sign these papers,

promising not to escape.

No escape,

my yankee ass.

This is against

the Geneva convention.

They don't care

about the Geneva convention.

Tomorrow you

will bring these signed papers

from all prisoners.

You are dismissed.



What did you

just say?

I told him

you were stupid.

Don't know whether to thank you

or kick your ass.

Ian Campbell.

Dusty Miller.

Where'd you learn

to speak Japanese?

What about

the colonel?

You want

your colonel back?

I owe the man

my life.

The more hair,

the more lice.


A word of advice --

stay close

to your cobbers.

But when it comes

right down to it,

it's survival

of the fittest.

Every man

for himself.

Barter is the name

of the game, gents.

They call the hospital

the death house.

You don't want

to end up in here.

Relish your health now,


It's the last

you'll see of it.

There are

thousands more prisoners

in camps

all along the river.

Not too much skinny here

from the outside.

Japs keep us

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Brian Godawa

Brian James Godawa (born November 10, 1961) is an American screenwriter and author. He wrote the screenplay for To End All Wars and The Visitation, and co-wrote Change Your Life! with Adam Christing. Godawa's book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (ISBN 0830837132), is in its ninth printing. He is also a contributor to the BioLogos Forum. more…

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