• The Great Raid (2005)

The Great Raid

Release Date: August 12th, 2005

DVD Release Date: December 20th, 2005

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: Historical drama , War

Production Co: Miramax Films, Village Roadshow Prod.

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Gripping, Soldier, Inspiring, 1940s, Escape, Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film brings a spectacular but little-known chapter of World War II to the big screen with meticulous attention to period detail -- and almost none to compelling narrative. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    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.

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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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