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Beyond All Boundaries

Beyond All Boundaries is a 2009 short film depicting the battles of World War II. The film is shown in 4-D, and includes archive footage and special effects. The short, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks and directed by David Briggs, was released 9 November 2009 and is shown solely in The National World War II Museum, New Orleans. It was designed purely for the Solomon Victory Theater within the museum, and is only shown in this one location.

Solomon Victory Theater makes use of vibrating seats and atmospheric effects to enhance the viewing experience. In addition there are also moving props and scenery, lighting and sound effects and a multi-layered projection process.

The film makes use of the writings and documented accounts of World War II veterans.

In 2011, Beyond All Boundaries received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Themed Entertainment Association.[1]


Actor Character
Kevin Bacon Robert Sherrod
Corbin Bleu Eddie W. Robinson / Sgt. Dan Levin
Patricia Clarkson Marguerite Higgins
Kevin Connolly Donald Sanborn / Pvt. Raymond Howell
James Cromwell Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift / Fleet Admiral William Halsey
Blythe Danner Elsa Maxwell
Viola Davis Hortense Johnson
Jesse Eisenberg Lt. Fiske Hanley / Sgt. Benjamin McKinney
John Goodman Capt. Edwin Simmons
Tom Hanks Narrator
Neil Patrick Harris 1st Lt. David Hettema / Sgt. William Manchester
Kevin Jonas Mike Mervosh
Tom Kane Edward R. Murrow
Justin Long Corp. James R. Garrett / Sgt. John H. Morris
Tobey Maguire Pvt. George Strang
Joseph Mazzello Eugene B. Sledge
Daran Norris 1940s Newscaster
Wendell Pierce Sgt. Thomas McPhatter
Chris Pine Hanson Baldwin / Sgt. Bill Reed
Brad Pitt Sgt. Bill Mauldin
William Sadler Lt. Colonel Lewis B. 'Chesty' Puller
Gary Sinise Ernie Pyle
Elijah Wood Corp. Wilfred Hanson / Capt. John C. Chapin


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