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The Great Raid [Director's Cut] (2005)

Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, more...
Director: John Dahl, Mark Turnbull, John Dahl, more...
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Foreign, Japan, War
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

John Dahl directed this war drama based on the true story of one of the most daring military actions of World War II. In the waning days of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur chose to make good on a pledge that he made in 1942 -- that he would return to the Philippines after he and his troops were forced to retreat. However, MacArthur's determination was more than a matter of pride. Over 500 American soldiers were being held in Cabanatuan, a notoriously brutal prisoner of war camp in the Philippines operated by the Japanese army, and MacArthur wanted to see to it that they made it home. MacArthur chose Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) to lead the Sixth Ranger Battalion on a mission 30 miles behind enemy lines to infiltrate Cabanatuan and liberate the American prisoners. With the help of Capt. Prince (James Franco), Mucci leads his men on a life-or-death raid against forces known for their savagery. The Great Raid was based on William B. Breuer's book The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor, and also stars Joseph Fiennes, Connie Nielsen, and Marton Csokas. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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The Great Raid (Bonus Disc) (2005)
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5.14 (7 votes)
The Great Raid (Director's Cut) (2005)
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3.82 (17 votes)

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This movie is a sucks! by dropjohnson February 24, 2006 - 11:20 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
It gets one square because there is no option for zero. It's like one of those bland hunks of jingoism starring Lee Marvin or John Wayne but without any of the fun personality provided by such stars. Filmmaker John Dahl, director of such wonderful neo-noir as Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, has fallen far. I rarely ever walk out of or turn off movies but 45 minutes into this crapburger I could take no more.

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