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MacArthur (1977)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  15 July 1977 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Daring, Defiant, Brilliant, Stubborn, Gallant, Glory-Hungry, Cold, Compassionate, Idolized, Despised, War-Lover, War-Hater, Supreme Commander, Supreme Egotist, Husband, Father. MacArthur.


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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 »

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In the very opening scene on the parade ground at West Point, General MacArthur's flag is shown as having a red field with a square of four stars with the fifth star in the center. The proper flag for a 5-star General of the Army (as seen in photographs of the real-life event) has a red field with the five stars in a ring, with the center space in the shape of a pentagon, the same pattern as the actual rank insignia. See more »

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[Responding to restrictive attack orders]
General Douglas MacArthur: In my all my fifty years of military service, I have never learned how to bomb HALF a bridge!
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sound and thoughtful
26 December 2010 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is a sound and thoughtful performance by Peck, who was saddled by a Ciceronian script, some of it presumably emanating from MacArthur himself.

MacArthur's conviction that war is a great evil is convincingly portrayed, as is the relish of a general doing the only thing for which he was trained: the prosecution of war to the utmost severity.

The real heroes of this movie are the politicians. Not just Roosevelt, but also the caricature of Truman, and the never seen or heard Eisenhower (a good clerk according to Peck's MacArthur). This movie reminded me that it is as important for a politician to compromise as for it is a general to combat.

MacArthur's greatest opportunity was to become military ruler of a defeated Japan, for 3 years. It appears that he seized this to some good effect. He later claimed that:

"The Japanese people since the war have undergone the greatest reformation recorded in modern history. With a commendable will, eagerness to learn, and marked capacity to understand, they have from the ashes left in war's wake erected in Japan an edifice dedicated to the supremacy of individual liberty and personal dignity, and in the ensuing process there has been created a truly representative government committed to the advance of political morality, freedom of economic enterprise, and social justice."

In this one seems to hear the tone of a general boasting about his troops. That is no small thing: for a fighter to impose a peace, on more or less unconditional terms, and seek to reconstitute, rather than to humiliate. He would have made an abominably bad politician, but as interim ruler he ain't done so bad, according to this thoughtful movie.

7/10 for movie making; 8/10 for thought provocation.

David Broadhurst


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