Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.
Set in the Philippines in 1945 towards the end of WWII, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Robert Prince, the 6th Ranger Battalion undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, they intend to liberate over 500 American Soldiers from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever. Written by
Colonel Mucci states "The plane will buzz the camp at 1800, Lt. Reilly will fire the first shot at 1930 and Capt Pajota will blow the bridge at 1945..." The Filipino setting the explosives under the bridge at 1800, when the plane flies over, sets the timer for 2 hours. See more »
They won't let you down
Lt. Colonel Mucci:
It's not a question of letting me down. We worked hard to raise a fine unit. They deserve their shot at glory
I don't suppose many of us are in this for the glory, sir.
Lt. Colonel Mucci:
I'm not talking about the publicity Bob. I'm talking about the kind of glory you carry inside of you the rest of your life knowing you've done something worth remembering, something that made a difference. The only recommendation that I want is from those boys in that camp.
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The first part of the end credits are superimposed over actual footage of the American prisoners following their liberation. See more »
This is a beautifully executed movie about a little known part of WW2 It is beautifully filmed and tied to historical footage of the Battan Death March. The acting is excellent, particularly by James Franco, Robert Mammone and Connie Nielson. It was particularly interesting to see how important our ties to the Phillipine people were in helping us through WW2. For their underground efforts to help the American POW's, they suffered terribly. From the planning of this raid to the heroism displayed by the Rangers and their Phillipine counterparts kept us on the edge of our chairs. I have no idea how historically correct this is regarding how the Japanese treated prisoners of war, but it was not pretty. One of, if not the best treatments of WW2 by Hollywood. We saw it in a sneak preview after I heard a review of it on KNX radio in LA
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