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
Australian actor Sam Worthington has a minor role here as a U.S. Army soldier in the Pacific Campaign of World War 2. A decade later, he reappears, in a larger supporting role, as another Pacific-theater U.S. soldier in Mel Gibson's film "Hacksaw Ridge". See more »
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 »
Lt. Colonel Mucci:
General, this is the man who led the raid... Captain Prince.
Congratulations, soldier. I'm very sorry for your losses, but I want to let you know you men have done a great service to your country.
Thank you, sir.
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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 »
The Great Raid proves that history is always more compelling than fiction
This film expertly balances the need for authenticity with the need for compelling drama. It starts out great, slows slightly in the middle, and finishes off with the best filmed action sequence I have ever seen. The raid itself is choreographed and paced perfectly, so that the viewer understands exactly what is happening, why it is happening and who is doing it. Many aspects of this film have never been done before in a war movie. The craft is also expertly balanced - the film looks, sounds and feels accurate and not bounded by Hollywood conventions. Simply put, it will go down as one of the very best modern war films, among those who can tell when a film is exceptional.
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