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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.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

William B. Breuer (book), Hampton Sides (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Bratt ... Lt. Colonel Mucci
James Franco ... Captain Prince
Robert Mammone ... Captain Fisher
Max Martini ... 1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo
James Carpinello ... Cpl. Aliteri
Mark Consuelos ... Cpl. Guttierez
Craig McLachlan ... 2nd Lt. Riley
Freddie Joe Farnsworth ... 2nd Lt. Foley
Laird Macintosh ... 2nd Lt. O'Grady
Jeremy Callaghan ... Lt. Able
Scott McLean ... Lt. LeClaire
Paolo Montalban ... Sgt. Valera
Clayne Crawford ... PFC Aldrige
Sam Worthington ... PFC Lucas
Royston Innes ... Sgt. Adams
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Most Daring Rescue Mission Of Our Time Is A Story That Has Never Been Told. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the film the plane that flies over the camp to distract the guards is a Lockheed Hudson. In reality the plane used was a P-61 Black Widow. However, there are only five P-61s still in existence, none of which are airworthy. Therefore the filmmakers were forced to make the substitution. See more »

Quotes

[Japanese have just fired mortar shells at the escaping troops and POW's]
Captain Prince: Get a base of fire on the *Son of a bitch*!
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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

The Marriage Of Figaro
/"Duettino - Sull'aria"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Deutsche Oper Berlin and Karl Böhm
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Decent, but many imitating references to prior related movies
15 December 2013 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

The main strength of this movie is being based on real events and names. The plot, however, is uneven, with a few intertwined story-lines with unequal weight and smoothness: preparation for liberation, life in POW camp, resistance activities, liberation itself. Following all this, we see many similarities with approaches from e.g. The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Thin Red Line, Pearl Harbor - and without upgrade or distinctive twists... There are some protracted and arid scenes, tensions tend to decrease at times. The cast is even, both no prevailing performances; Marton Csokas as Capt. Redding and Connie Nielsen as Margaret Utinsky seemed most interesting to me.

All in all, an okay war movie, but no great experience. I would recommend the ones named above instead.


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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

Filipino | English | Tagalog | Japanese

Release Date:

12 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,376,009, 14 August 2005

Gross USA:

$10,167,373

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,777,375
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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