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To End All Wars

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  • Original Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Aug 07, 2018 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

To End All Wars was made in 2001 and is based on the novel of the actual POW Ernest Gordon whose character also plays an important role in the film. It is therefore much more historically accurate than the multiple Oscar winner The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) which saw harsh criticism because it depicted the events somewhat effortless and the conditions less hard than they were in reality. To End All Wars is not at risk to be called out on that since it’s a rough and intense film with a talented, star-studded cast (Robert Carlyle, Mark Strong, Kiefer Sutherland). Still, the film was not given a theatrical release anywhere since the 2001 competition was way too big with Pearl Harbor defining the year’s cinematic war narrative.

Released on DVD, the film features some elements that are obviously too hard for a religious audience. Back in 2010, there was already talk of a Director’s Cut that would deepen the religious aspects a bit more. Considering that the original version also offers a lot of obvious religious references and also deals with themes like sacrifice and redemption under even the most extreme circumstances, most of the viewers will not necessarily need it. Especially since that comes with some censorship in terms of violence and language. This version is also still rated “R” but the author of the script offered a little more insight on the intention of this cut:

This edition has added some more of the spiritual story that was cut from the original release. Their goal is to reach the Christian audience as well as secular. The movie is still R-rated, but without the F-bomb and other extreme language, and a tad less violent. (Source)

At the moment, this Director’s Cut is only available as VOD on Amazon.com. Only the scene extensions may make this version a “nice to have” but all other countries are probably fine with the original version being the only one available to them. Some, like Germany, even got it on Blu-ray in the meantime.

Comparison between the Original Version (R-Rated) and the Director's Cut (R-Rated).

31 differences, consisting of
14 censored dialogs
6 scenes with alternate material
6 extended scenes
3 pure cuts
1 additional scene
1 extended scene in the OV

The Director's Cut runs 245.32 sec. or approx. 4 minutes 6 seconds longer than the Original Version.

Censored Dialog
0:11:47: Yankee uses harsher language.

OV: "They don't give two shits about the Geneva convention."
DC: "They don't care about the Geneva convention."
The OV runs 0.36 sec. longer



Censored Dialog
OV: 0:14:43: The OV features the usage of "Oh shit.", the DC doesn’t.
No time difference

Extended Scene
0:15:12: In the DC the POW sitting there as if he’s paralyzed can be seen in an additional, closer shot. His stare is emotionless.
1.88 sec.



Alternate Material
0:17:07: As Col. McLean is carried into the sickbay, the shot continues in the OV while the DC shortly interrupts it to show the medic.
The OV runs 4.88 sec. longer


Censored Dialog
0:19:54: During the fight, Ernie insults his opponent as "English fuck". The DC omits the F-word.
No time difference

Censored Dialog
0:20:20: And once more in identical fashion.
No time difference

Alternate Material
0:29:34: Col. McLean’s headshot is a little less violent in the DC (while still being on-screen). Here, he falls dead to the ground while the OV shows the wall behind him being sprayed with blood and brain matter before he falls down.
No time difference

Original VersionDirector's Cut



Censored Dialog
0:29:53: In the OV, Ian cusses audibly: "Fuck! Fuck him!". The DC turns this into a muffled "Pfff".
No time difference



Violence Cut
OV: 0:29:41: A replay of Col. McLean’s headshot is missing in the DC.
+ 0.28 sec.



Censored Dialog
0:29:57: Another instance in which Ian shouts insults: "Fuck! Bastard! Fucking Bastard!". The DC omits the F-words.
No time difference



Censored Dialog
OV: 0:29:53: When Ian is brought to his comrades and they ask him what happened, he’s using profanity again: "Fucking shot! They fucking shot him!". In the DC, he often repeats: "It's the Colonel's blood!" instead.
No time difference

Censored Dialog
OV: 0:31:13: Ian insults the guard.
OV: "You fucking slant-eyed--" and "You fucking bastard!". When he lies on the ground, he asks: "What the fuck are we gonna do now?". The first two sentences are not heard in the DC at all, the third one has no F-word.
No time difference



Censored Dialog
0:35:45: As Yankee talks to Ernie, both versions use partly different takes. That obviously has to do with Yankee’s use of profanity: "Everybody in there does, too, except they're afraid to admit the obvious and that scares the fucking hell out of me!"
The OV runs 6.2 sec. longer



Alternate Material
0:38:35: While the OV shows Ian looking at the sick Ernie, the DC features a nice camera pan over an Asian landscape. This happens several times during this sequence. The OV shows how Ernie is carried away and cared for while the DC has additional shots of landscapes and a flashback how Ernie sits on a sailboat. While the voice-over is identical in both versions, only the DC has a sonorous bass sound as “dramatic” effect.
17.96 sec.



Censored Dialog
0:43:23: Two different takes here as Yankee tosses the wood piece in the OV and says: "Shit, I gotta take a shit.". The DC has him laying it down and then reporting to the guard without using the S-word.
2.88 sec.



Extended Scene
0:45:05: Yankee stores his cigarettes in a box, locks them in it and puts the key on a chain around his neck.
11.4 sec.



Additional Scene
0:54:15: The DC offers a new scene here. Ernie asks Dusty why he’s even here and that he wouldn’t fit in. With that, he alludes to Dusty’s kindheartedness. Dusty tells him that he was embroiled in a bar fight earlier in his life and that his opponent was paralyzed after that. But instead of reporting him to the police, this man simply forgave Dusty because he himself was forgiven a bad deed once. Instead, he “punished” Dusty by reading the Bible. Dusty adds that this man was in the Army.
124.44 sec.



Censored Dialog
OV: 0:58:05: The OV features:"Oh shit.". The DC doesn’t.
No time difference

Censored Dialog
0:58:20: Yankee says different words to Ian.

OV: "Save us the bullshit, Major."
DC: "Save us the crap, Major."
No time difference



Extended Scene in der OV
0:58:25: Ian asks Yankee: "What are they payin' ya, Yanker?"
4.24 sec.



Extended Scene
1:03:38: Ernie’s comrade says that he earned the slaps in the face and Ernie replies ironically that he should have cited a different Bible verse instead.
6.32 sec.

Extended Scene
1:07:38: In the DC, the camera pans across Yankee’s chest and shows the chain with the key. That makes sense because of the earlier scene where he puts it around his neck.
3.68 sec.


Extended Scene
1:10:51: Again, both versions use different takes. The OV shows an exhausted Yankee lying down on the bed while the DC has him realize that his box was opened. Then we have another scene how he looks at his chain and then angrily throws it into the forest. Ernie approaches and observes him. His off-screen narration about Yankee starts here while it is head earlier in the OV.
86.16 sec.



Violence Cut
OV: 1:18:53: Yankee is hit with the shovel two times more.
+ 3.08 sec.



Alternate Material
1:40:44: Irrelevant. The DC features a view of a landscape and then slightly different shots of the POWs standing on the compound and listening to the announcement.
The OV runs 5.32 sec. longer


Extended Scene
1:41:52: The DC shows a little more chaos during the plane attack.
5.28 sec.



Alternate Material
1:42:11: When Ernie runs to his injured comrade, we see that his legs have been ripped off by the bomb explosion. The DC zooms this in so that the wounds aren’t visible. Only in a later shot, we get a glimpse of it.
No time difference

Original VersionDirector's Cut



Censored Dialog
1:42:42: In the OV, Ernie screams at him: "Get up! Get fucking up!". The DC has him say: "Stay with me, man!" instead.
No time difference

Censored Dialog
1:52:57: Ian uses the F-word but not in the DC.
No time difference

Alternate Material
1:49:11: The OV shows the happy POWs a little longer while the DC features additional shots of the falling papers and the flying US planes.
No time difference


Violence Cut
OV: 1:47:18: Ian grabs the Japanese guard’s face and we see his wound.
+ 2.72 sec.