The Great Raid (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  12 August 2005 (USA)
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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.



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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 themusicman999

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A heroic tale of courage and triumph. See more »


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Rated R for strong war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,376,009 (USA) (12 August 2005)


$10,166,502 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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Many of the Extras were recruited off the streets of the Gold Coast. See more »


In the film the plane that flies over the camp to distract the guards is a Lockheed Hudson. In reality the plane used was a P-61 Black Widow. However, there are only five P-61s still in existence, none of which are airworthy. Therefore the filmmakers were forced to make the substitution. See more »


Lt. Colonel Mucci: I'm here to tell you men the latrine rumors are true. We finally got a mission worthy of Rangers. We're going to push through our frontlines right into the Japs' backyard and rescue 500 hundred American prisoners of war. Goin' to be a rough son of a bitch- a textbook-style raid that can only succeed through speed, surprise, and overwhelming firepower. Before you start congratulating yourselves, remember you haven't achieved a damn thing yet. You're the best-trained, least-proven battalion in ...
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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 »


Referenced in Hannity & Colmes: Episode dated 12 August 2005 (2005) See more »


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A must see for anyone interested in WW2
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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