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The Great Raid

R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
In early 1945, as World War II is nearing its end, Gen. Douglas MacArthur selects Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) to command a bold rescue mission in the Philippines. There, in the city of Cabanauan, more than 500 American soldiers are being held captive in a brutal prisoner-of-war camp. With the assistance of Capt. Prince (James Franco), Mucci will lead the valiant soldiers of the 6th Ranger Battalion in one of the boldest POW rescues in American history.

Cast: Benjamin Bratt , James Franco , Connie Nielsen , Joseph Fiennes , Marton Csokas , Motoki Kobayashi , Robert Mammone , Natalie Mendoza

Director: John Dahl

Genres: War, Historical drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

The Great Raid (2005)

Release Date: August 12th, 2005|2 hr. 12 min.

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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • The Great Raid tells its story without irony, perspective or any leavening that would make it something other than an ordinary military-action caper. show more

  • For all its noble intentions, its striving for authenticity, its unblinking look at the savagery of war, The Great Raid is far more dutiful than dramatic. show more

  • Lacks the visceral sweep of "Saving Private Ryan." But Spielberg's story, for all its gut-wrenching intensity, was a fiction. Dahl's movie, slower in pace and conscious of its own artifice, addresses the same issues of courage and sacrifice - and tells a true story. That's worth something. In fact, it's worth a lot. show more

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  • February 01, 2011 SamJSperling
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    I will never understand why this movie does not have the highest rating. It artistically portrays one of the highlights of American and Filipino history. The acting is understated and yet realistic. How can anyone, any American at least, not find this as effecting as The King's Speech. Miramax may have taken a hit but they made a great movie. No wonder it keeps getting replayed on television.

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