A Japanese P.O.W. camp during World War II becomes the battleground for the souls as well as the lives of its Scottish and British prisoners. Based on a true story, “To End All Wars” centers around Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), a young soldier who wants to teach philosophy.

When Gordon recovers from seeming death by illness, the other prisoners agree to become Gordon’s pupils, studying Plato, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Gordon’s superior officer, Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle, “Trainspotting”, “The Full Monty”), scoffs at the increasingly pacificist bent of Gordon’s teachings. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland, “24”, “Freeway”), a lone American running a black market, is equally skeptical.

But under the relentless brutality of the camp, the only way for the soldiers to survive is to find what gives their lives meaning. The strong performances of “To End All Wars” makes this moral conflict as vivid as any gun battle. —Bret Fetzer

2003 – Showcase selection, Cinema for Peace, Cannes Film Festival
2002 – Grand Prize Best Picture and Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival
2002 – Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor & Pride, Veterans of Foreign Wars
2002 – Toronto Film Festival: Closing night screening
Official Selection:
Telluride Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival

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