Great Raid, The (2005)
Front Cover Actor
Benjamin Bratt Lt. Colonel Mucci
James Franco Captain Prince
Robert Mammone Captain Fisher
Max Martini 1st Sgt. Sid Wojo
James Carpinello Cpl. Aliteri
Craig McLachlan 2nd Lt. Riley
Mark Consuelos Cpl. Guttierez
Freddie Joe Farnsworth 2nd Lt. Foley
Laird Macintosh 2nd Lt. O'Grady
Jeremy Callaghan Lt. Able
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama; War
Director John Dahl
Producer Lawrence Bender; Marty Katz
Writer William B. Breuer; Hampton Sides
Studio Buena Vista; Miramax Home Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 13 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Nearly three years after it was filmed, The Great Raid finally appeared as a welcome reminder that good old-fashioned World War II movies never go out of style. While lacking the scale, prestige, and pulse-pounding momentum of Saving Private Ryan, this fact-based war drama benefits from a back-to-basics approach to realism and a rousing rescue climax that more than compensates for the slower passages that precede it. Adapted from the books The Great Raid on Cabanatuan and Ghost Soldiers, it chronicles the five-day mission (in late January 1945) to rescue 511 American prisoners of war held by the Japanese at Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines. Under the direction of neo-noir specialist John Dahl (The Last Seduction), the film's three-part structure follows the raid mission led by Lt. Col. Mucci (Benjamin Bratt); the plight of the POWs at Cabanatuan, including malaria-stricken Maj. Gibson (Joseph Fiennes); and civilian resistance in Manila as carried out by real-life hero and Gibson's (fictional) would-be lover Margaret Utinsky (Connie Nielsen), whose effort to aid the POWs is vigilantly monitored by the enemy Japanese. In keeping with war-movie traditions, Dahl handles character and action with no-nonsense intelligence, favoring a slow build over pumped-up adrenalin. By the time the miraculous rescue is executed with critical assistance by Filpino guerillas, The Great Raid has earned its stripes, honoring the brave men who carried out the most successful rescue mission in U.S. military history. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
My Rating
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Index 1600
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/21/05
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Edition Director's Cut
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Widescreen (16:9)
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 786936692181
Release Date 12/20/05
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2