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• Shooting Locations
Original title: Great Raid, The
• USA: Aug 12, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 20, 2005
The Great Raid Website
Rated R for strong war violence and brief language.
2 hours, 12 minutes
Country USA, Australia
Marty Katz Productions, Miramax Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, Lawrence Bender Productions
Studio Miramax Films
More info on IMDb.com
• The Great Raid (2005)
|Genre: Action, War, Drama, Military, World War II, True Story|
Tagline: Two proud races, brothers-in-arms... A daring mission that will earn them the respect and admiration of the entire world.
Plot: 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
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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.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
Now that we are involved in a lengthy and bloody ground war there, it is good to have a film that is not about entertainment for action fans, but about how wars are won with great difficulty, risk, and cost.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
The Great Raid is empty in comparison to those films, and is more in the league of Windtalkers (C+). It could’ve been an inspiring true story of heroism, but the film forgot to take the audience along for the mission. C+
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)
Filmed in Australia, The Great Raid is sadly rife with cliché-ridden lines right out of a corny, forties-era war flick (minus the profanity, of course). And if the barely developed characters aren't spouting tired truisms, they're filling in the narrative and character blanks through exposition-heavy dialogue that sounds forced, at best.
--TIM KNIGHT (Reel.com)
The result is a refreshing departure from space operas and effects-driven fantasies. It is your father's war movie about your father's war.
It’s just a pity that the dedication hasn’t translated into much more than a mediocre movie. It’s a telling sign of the picture’s failure that the documentary footage of Rangers and returnees shown over the closing credits is so much more resonant than what’s preceded it. C
Ulimately, the requirements of a war picture don't play to Dahl's strengths. There are shady characters on screen, but because the movie is ultimately meant as a work of valor, there's no occasion for the director to revel in mischief. Good and bad are labeled with blatant economy, like canned goods on a supermarket shelf.
-- (Boston Globe)
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