The story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and United Nations Commander for the Korean War. "MacArthur" begins in 1942, following the ...
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John M. Stahl
The story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and United Nations Commander for the Korean War. "MacArthur" begins in 1942, following the fall of Phillipines, and covers the remarkable career of this military legend up through and including the Korean War and into MacArthur's days of forced retirement after being dismissed from his post by President Truman. Written by
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One aspect of MacArthur not covered in the film was the general's near- messianic popularity in postwar Japan. MacArthur was beloved by the Japanese for the same reasons that he was hated by Americans: his flair for the dramatic, his insistence on absolute obedience to his orders, and his seven-day-a-week commitment to duty. There were many Japanese who thought MacArthur should live in the Imperial Palace instead of the Emperor. See more »
General George C. Kenney, MacArthur's new air commander, arrives in a B-17 bomber which is painted in a camouflage pattern never used by American aircraft during World War II. See more »
Gen. Douglas MacArthur:
The days of the frontal attack are over. Only a mediocre commander would use it. Your good commanders do not turn in heavy losses.
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This is one of those rather long (2 hours) worthy but involving historical war dramas. More drama than war. Always seemingly shot through a veil of soft focus, often to such a degree as to represent a sea-mist, it does feature the excellent Gregory Peck as the eponymous MacArthur.
Entertainment wise it's pretty good, obviously wordy throughout all the military planning and many discussions. To my mind, MacArthur comes across as a softer character than the impression I've got from elsewhere. That maybe down to Peck, or maybe not, his performance is in his usual measured, reassuring manner. He remains very watchable throughout, though for younger audiences, they may just find it all too slow and un-engaging.
For us older lot, it's solid character-based drama from the older school of movie making, with no CGI, of course and the occasional use of actual newsreel. There are a number of large scale and undoubtedly expensive scenes (signing of the Treaty of Japan, for example). If you enjoy Gregory Peck, are interested in MacArthur and/or like war movies that cover mid WW2 to post war and beyond periods, then it's a likable and modestly enjoyable film.
The DVD can be bought very cheaply secondhand, now. It offers next to nothing in the way of extras - only a theatrical trailer, though it has
dubbed? in German, French, Spanish and Italian - and English hard of
hearing. Subtitles are in the above languages only. The screen ratio is a widescreen filling 1.85:1 and the score is in a good sounding stereo, but not surround.
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