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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Day 3 - In the second interview Major Nagai has with Major Gibson in which Nagai tries to manipulate Gibson to reveal information about Margaret, the background music is a duet from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. It is the same music used in the Shawshank Redemption scene when one of the prisoners takes over the record player and plays some music that brings the entire prison to a halt. See more »


The exact same background shot of a Ventura bomber followed by two single-engine planes flying left to right is used three times during the film, twice at the beginning as they are planning the mission on the beach and then once at the end when the raid is over. 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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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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Superb War Movie Done Right
6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE GREAT RAID does everything right, on all levels, especially by framing itself with real footage from those times which, in some cases, features the actual events and participants. The acting is uniformly excellent, the pacing is flawless, and the historical context does not short-change any aspect of the story, be it cruelty and horror in war or bravery and nobility in suffering or even dignity and honor in combat. This is in many ways a movie made the way they used to make movies, but without the rah-rah patriotism or sneering social commentary. What it brings home simply by presenting the story in a straightforward manner is what we used to be capable of, what we once were and stood for, and what we fought against, and why. To be reminded of this is sobering, if not harrowing. Definitely one of the best movies my family and I have seen in a long time, it's recommended whole- heartedly for everyone. And Benjamin Bratt turns in a mature, restrained performance that marks him for great things on the big screen.

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