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I helped bring this movie to a small town where the theater companies
didn't bother to send it out when it was released. With 2 FREE showings
on Veterans Day, nearly 400 people saw this movie and not 1 person
disliked it. Including one of the survivors of the Death March of
Mostly Vets and their families attended but the consensus was that the movie was exactly as it happened in WWII. Anyone that cant see past the minimal love connection parts, has blinders on. While there might have been a small romantic assumption, the reality was that those soldiers didn't have much else to hope for, other than their loved ones.
The recreation of the battle at the Camp was well directed and easy to follow as the commanders drew plans in the dirt with sticks. Even folks over 90 years old felt the movie portrayed everything they had recalled and heard from others that had served there.
Most viewers felt this movie should be mandatory for every high school senior to view to graduate as it tells the truth about the Bataan marchers. The DVD comes out on Dec. 20th and I will buy it.
Thanks to the studio for doing such a great job.
The Great Raid separates its self from your standard war movie fare. It
doesn't have the main actor / actress that will win Oscar awards, it
doesn't have the best musical score, and to top it all off, it doesn't
run over 3 hours long.
The movie clocks in at around 2 and a half and it does a good job at what it's trying to do. It develops the background and the characters and throws in the plot so people will feel for the characters. In the end, it ends with some solid action, though the action takes a back seat to the story. While the movie uses less known actors, the acting is still solid and the movie is short quite well.
This movie has what it takes to do well, but was dumped and shows that the media doesn't understand what makes a movie good or bad. If you like war movies, I would highly recommend this movie.
This is an excellent movie showing the daring rescue of POWs from the
brutality of the Japanese POW camp of Cabanatuan.
I have not read the book, Ghost Soldiers, so I cannot tell whether it is an accurate representation of the book. But I know what I like, and this is a great movie. The actual footage at beginning and end greatly enhance the emotion and realism. The story of the bravery of the soldiers and the resistance, and the spectacular battle scenes make this movie a gem in a sea of summer flops.
The characters, particularly the Japanese commander, were well-cast. You really feel for the prisoners and the brave Americans and Phillipinos.
The role of the Phillipinos was not underdone, and it was good they accurately showed how not only Americans suffered because of Axis cruelty. The battle scenes were well-done and intense.
Overall, the movie was THE best movie of the year.
Lawrence Bender Productions did quite well with this film. It portrays the heroics of the Phillipino People as well as the Americans, and reflects on a time when America was looked upon as the hope of the world. Americans came through and made good on that hope with the death of hundreds of thousands of young American men. Many people alive today question why we are in Iraq. I think they should see this movie to gain an understanding that this is what happens if we don't go in harm's way. I'm sure all of those American soldiers in the Second World War would have rather stayed at home with their families safe and sound, instead of dying on fogging soil. Where would we be today if they had stayed home. Would we have had the good lives that we enjoyed. See the movie and think!
My brother was the first one to talk about this, I wasn't sure what to think so I decided to look out for it. Last week, I went into the mall, I saw this being advertised, and hearing it is a war movie, I decided to check it out. I missed the first credits, but that didn't really matter, about the film, I must say this was a very decent movie unlike the ones which were released the same day, it lived up to it's title and story, it was based on a book, what do ya know? Anyways back to the film, it tells the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci who undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, the 6th Ranger Battalion aims to liberate over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever, and audacious it sure was! The fight scenes were kinda impressive, and the scenes with the underground organization were okay, it showed accurately how the Japanese treated our people here during that time. Overall an impressive film, and Cesar Montano was convincing as a the captain of the Philippine forces and he did his role well. Recommended to all movie goers who would like to know about WWII in the Pacific, especially to the people of my city, and especially the Japanese people, even though others there might not get it, others would, at least it is more accurate, true, and this time it got the mark, unlike Pearl Harbor. But one more thing bothers me, why was this pushed back indefinitely by Miramax a few years ago? Was it because they wanted it to be in line with films 60 years after the war ended, or was it because of the war in Iraq? I hope the war in Iraq is not the reason, because this film is about World War 2.
I do not normally go to War type movies, but since my Dad enlisted in
the US Army after Pearl Harbor and was stationed in the Phillipines, I
thought I should go to see what he went through. You see, WWII Vets
don't talk much about the 'Great War'. War is just too horrible.
So I went to see The Great Raid. It was awesome. The acting was great and the fact that it was a true story made it very poignant. Everyone in the theatre clapped after the movie was over.
I validated it with my Dad after I saw the movie that it actually happened and he said 'Yes. We processed the POWs on our ship'.
He remembers and has not mentioned it until now. Until I asked. It is true and it did happen. Kudos to the director and producer for bringing this to light and remembering something so important to our history.
This word today about the JAPS sounds very cruel and offensive to the Japanese people, but during the War Years during WW II in the Pacific this word was used in most American Newspapers and spoken about during this horrible war with a nation that killed and raped many people in Nanking, China. In this film many of U.S. Service Men are trapped in a Japanese Concentration Camp who inflicted horrible tortures and slaughter hundreds of American Soldiers and women who are treated worse than animals. America makes every effort to find these lost prisoners of war and is horrified how the Japanese soldiers treated our people and make a great effort to free all these prisoners. However, it took many men and women lives in order to accomplish this mission. This is a great picture which still remembers all the men and women who gave their lives to fight back at the mistreatment of American soldiers. GREAT FILM.
While admittedly a good flick and from the point of the Rangers, there
was more to the story, and I think that is important, as well. The
Alamo Scouts were VERY involved in this action, as well as others, but
received little recognition in the movie.
from http://tinyurl.com/yqh8dt :
"Among the Alamo Scouts who earned medals for that successful rescue mission was PFC (later Command Sgt. Major) Galen Kittleson. He also participated in the Cabanatuan raid. Twentythree years later in Vietnam as a Special Forces NCO he led an unsuccessful attempt to rescue Green Beret LT Nick Rowe from his U Minh Forest prison. In 1970, Kittleson was on the team that penetrated North Vietnam for the Son Tay POW camp raid. CSM Kittleson is the only soldier to have been involved in four such missions in two different wars." The book "Raider," released in 2002, depicted Kittleson's life as a soldier and prisoner-of-war rescuer.
Galen Kittleson was a family friend and neighbor. Amazing guy. I hope people that are interested in this movie will do a little more reading and exploring to find out more of the story... Unfortunately, he passed away in 2006. (http://www.alamoscouts.org/raider/galen.htm)
I was very young when my Uncle Joseph Morin ( U.S.N.) came home from
the war and Japanese prison camp. He was in the Bataan march and spent
all of the war in a prison camp. Some of the things he told me were
seen in this movie . He said that the Japanese soldiers were brutal. He
very seldom talked about his years in the camps, but I know he suffered
a lot. I enjoyed the movie an I hope that the American people never
forget what happened .
I noticed all of the whip marks on his back and , he also lost his sight. When he was captured he weight over 240 lbs, we he came home he was at 130 lbs.
Bob Gourdeau, Georgia
This movie should be required viewing for high school history students. The R rating is for disturbing scenes of violence and torture, but the scenes are necessary to tell the story. Unfortunately, war is brutal and dangerous. It's important to educate young people of the true aspects of combat. This movie shows the realities of life both within a group of elite Army rangers given a daring, overwhelming rescue assignment and life within a Japanese POW camp in the Phillipines, survivors of the atrocities of the Bataan Death March who've felt both abandoned by their country and hopeful of rescue. Also depicted is the courage and faithfulness of the Phillipine underground. This film leaves you with an understanding of the quest for glory that has nothing to do with fame.
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