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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?


The movie was shot in 2002 and pulled from the release schedule several times. It was finally released in August, 2005, by Miramax Films, which was cleaning out its closet ahead of the formal departure of co-founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein from the Walt Disney Co.-owned firm. See more »


In the opening documentary, the voice-over speaks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At that moment the viewer doesn't see Japanese airplanes attacking, but US Dauntless dive-bombers. This is because the footage is from John Ford's 'December 7th' wartime documentary film. The Dauntlesses appeared as a substitute for the actual Japanese bombers because, since it was actually shot during the Second World War, no real 'Zeros', 'Vals' or 'Kates', the actual Japanese aircraft that participated in the real attack were available to the filmmakers. See more »


Major Lapham: I've been thinking for the last three years of all the things I want to say to her.
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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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True account of Historical WWII Rescue
6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel that this is an important film for people to see regarding the little known but most impressive rescue attempt made during WWII. I went with some friends who enjoyed it very much also and considering that we were women going to see a war movie, we did not know what to expect. We were treated to a satisfying and moving entertainment experience and also learned new things about what the previous generation had to go through. We already know about the horrors of war and it was moving to see the heroic exploits undertaken by some very brave men to save their comrades from Japanese annihilation. There were good character developments as well as action sequences. THe newsreel and actual footage that bookends the film add to its impact as one can compare the actual characters with their counterparts in the film. History classes in schools should be taken to see the film.

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