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The Great Raid (2005)

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 »

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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)  »

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El gran rescate  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,376,009, 14 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,166,502, 16 October 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,769,311, 15 July 2012
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Trivia

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 »

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In the film, Lt. Col. Mucci wears the 'second-pattern' herringbone-twill (HBT) fatigue uniform during all of his scenes. The 'second-pattern', also the most common style of all of the U.S. Army HBT uniforms, can be differentiated from other versions via the large chest pockets stretching all the way to the waist, designed to hold boxes of 'K-rations'. However, in historical photographs of Mucci, he wears the older 'first-pattern' uniform, which in turn can be identified due to its much smaller, pleated chest pockets. See more »

Quotes

Captain Prince: 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
Captain Prince: 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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Crazy Credits

The first part of the end credits are superimposed over actual footage of the American prisoners following their liberation. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

You Go To My Head
Written by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
Performed by Victoria Hamilton
Published by Toy Town Tunes, Inc. (ASCAP) and Gillespie Haven Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Sourcerer
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Filipinos Fight Side by Side for Freedom and U.S. Democracy
16 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Great Raid ----- August 12, 2005, a review by Teresita "Terry" Bautista

Berkeley, CA – In the near-empty Shattuck Cinema, I gave myself the birthday gift of watching The Great Raid on opening night. This film, a chronicle of early 1945 events in The Philippines, has been highly anticipated in the U.S. Filipino Community, mostly by those of us who are fighting to achieve full equity for our Veteranos.

My mom, aunt and uncle joined me, as the initial documentary footage validated the historical scenes of war and resistance, as if you were there over 60 years ago. As expected, my mom made constant commentary throughout the film, as the scenes brought back, often frightening, memories. Anxiously, she recounted in soft whispers of her bout with malaria, which meant sure death, until her father decided she would not be left behind, as they ran every day to escape the Japanese. Like the film's prisoner of war, quinine was the saving prescription for my mom's malaria-stricken body.

The Great Raid is an army flick, similar to the scores I've seen in the past 50 years. Less melodramatic, though powerful in its interpretation of the human condition during war, the movie takes you into a POW camp where 500 detainees eke out survival under the Japanese flag. The acting was understated and reflected deep agony and despair without the flair of cinema-edged bravado. No John Waynes or Anthony Quinns in this version. The casting was done with a sense of nuance for each of the heroic personas.

The subplots were gripping. The valiant efforts of the underground that smuggled medicine to the ill and dying prisoners; the array of authority figures in the military who made heart-rending decisions about strategy and tactics; the rescue mission that galvanized a unit of 120 special rangers who had yet to see the extreme fires of combat; the unlikely relationships that bound survivors in their fate.

Some high points of the painful, two and a half- hour mendacity tensed you to the edge of your seat ----- the brutality of the Japanese, not withstanding the execution of ten prisoners for one escapee; the burning funeral of a hundred Filipinos, many of them women and children villagers, near the Cabanatuan Prison; the spectacular, surprise invasion of the Japanese camp; the courage of the Filipino Guerrilas and their exemplary warrior spirits led by Captain Pajota, as their steeled defense of a bridge held the Japanese and their tanks captive and effectively severed an avenue of retaliations to the explosions and attack in their war camp.

The sacrifices of the fighting forces to liberate the Philippines were stark and many. The younger generations, especially those of Filipino descent, are urged to see what their homeland heroes were made of. This long war was waged in face-to-face, hand-to-hand combat with bravery for duty and beyond.

I went to see this as a way of honoring my dad, a U.S. Army private, who survived WWII, found his war bride, and fathered his first-born. I have deep respect and admiration for those like my Pop, who still live to tell their stories, who today are still struggling for full recognition of shed blood, sweat, and tears, at a time where their homeland joined the world's battlefields.

WWII Filipino Veterans soldiers deserve Full Equity Now!

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