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Set in the Philippines in 1945, the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Prince 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 resulting in the most audacious rescue ever.
Action War Thriller - This is a war drama with all the expected violence and combat action
one would expect. While there is not much graphic bloodshed, the
violence is rather intense and perhaps too strong for younger
PROFANITY: 2 S-words, 3 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Many shootings, whippings, and beatings with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent tobacco. ACTION: Big combat sequences. COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average It's well paced, nicely photographed, and exciting enough to keep viewers engaged. The problem is that getting to this point can be a chore...Something went wrong here, and the result is a muddled movie that has a solid climax but a poor build-up. In the end, it can be said that The Great Raid tells a great story, but the telling is not as good as the story deserves.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Here is a war movie that understands how wars are actually fought. After 'Stealth' and its high-tech look-alikes, which make warfare look like a video game, 'The Great Raid' shows the hard work and courage of troops whose reality is danger and death.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Except for period newsreel footage during the wrap-up, the only impressive feature is stellar production design of downtown Manila, not exactly a virtue to induce audiences to storm the gates.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 170 moviegoer opinions. Outstanding Opinions! Nearly seventy-five percent rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic." That's extremely high. Equally great is that virtually no one rated it low. This means that most will really enjoy "The Great Raid," and the remaining few will likely think it's an OK movie. DON'T MISS "THE GREAT RAID."
From director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most
spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the
great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than
500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A gripping depiction
of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and
audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic band of World War II soldiers
to attempt the impossible in the hopes of freeing their captured brothers.
Once a tale shared across the United States, the long-lost story of THE GREAT
RAID has been recreated with meticulous authenticity to pay testimony to the
many different people, from U.S. commanders to Filipino soldiers to women aid
workers to the POWs themselves, who played a part in turning this time of
intense hardship and unrelenting danger into a moment of inspiration.