Mel Gibson’s WWII Epic “Hacksaw Ridge” Gets 10-Minute Standing Ovation At Premiere

The Hollywood resurrection of Mel Gibson has begun.

Gibson, 60, unveiled his directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday night. The world premiere of the anti-war film starring Andrew Garfield went down big. Really big.

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Plot: The film is based on the true story about US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to bear arms, yet was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during the brutal Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving.

Rating: 9/10 Rotten Tomatoes, 9.3/10 IMDb

Release date: November 4, 2016

Trade website Deadline.com described a 10-minute audience standing ovation after the lights went up. Outside, fans greeted Gibson with their faces painted blue, Braveheart style.

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Hacksaw Ridge, played out-of-competition at Venice, tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield), an army medic who refused to bear arms but later received the Medal of Honor for saving dozens of his comrades.

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This is the first film Gibson has directed in a decade and last night at the gala premiere, he and the actors were “overwhelmed” and “very truly speechless,” I’m told by a person close to the gang. A private dinner followed hosted by Hacksaw‘s Italian distributors, Andrea Leone and Eagle Pictures.

Via USA Today