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The Great Raid (2005)

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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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Two proud races, brothers-in-arms... A daring mission that will earn them the respect and admiration of the entire world. See more »


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran rescate  »

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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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Did You Know?


Although he was not among the real-life officers portrayed in the movie, Colonel Arthur "Bull" Simons was a young Army Ranger Captain who took part in the raid on Cabanatuan and was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the raid. During the height of the Vietnam War, Colonel Simons led the famous raid on Son Tay in an attempt to rescue POWs. See more »


The beach where the Americans landed is written as "Calasio". There is no place in the Philippines with that name. The correct place is "Calasiao" (in the Province of Pangasinan). Also, the front line where the prisoners were brought safely to is not "Talevera". Again, there is no place in the Philippines with that name. The correct name of the place is "Talavera". See more »


Lt. Colonel Mucci: General, this is the man who led the raid... Captain Prince.
General Kreuger: 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.
Captain Prince: Thank you, sir.
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Crazy Credits

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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Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The Great Raid proves that history is always more compelling than fiction
5 August 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

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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