• 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: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Miramax Films, Village Roadshow Prod.

Distributors: Miramax Films

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Great Raid is perhaps more timely now than it would have been a few years ago, when "smart bombs" and a couple of weeks of warfare were supposed to solve the Iraq situation. Now that we are involved in a lengthy and bloody ground war there, it is good to have a film that is not about entertainment for action fans, but about how wars are won with great difficulty, risk, and cost. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films. show more

  • 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

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