MacArthur (1977)




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This film is framed in flashback, with an octogenarian General Douglas MacArthur making his final address before his alma mater of West Point. The greater part of the film involves MacArthur's attempts to restore dignity to the defeated postwar Japan and to keep the Russian communists from overtaking the Orient.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2001
Universal Pictures


as Gen. Douglas MacArth...

as Harry S. Truman

as Franklin D. Roosevel...

as Capt. Huff

as Gen. Sutherland

as Gen. George Marshall

as Mrs. MacArthur

as The Secretary

as Gen. Wainwright

as Rep. Martin

as Col. Diller

as Col. Whitney

as Adm. Chester Nimitz

as Gen. Sampson

as Gen. Eichelberger

as Admiral King

as Adm. `Bull' Halsey

as Gen. Walker

as Gen. Marquat

as TV Reporter

as Gen. Krueger

as Gen. Harding

as Prettyman

as Gen. Shepherd

as Emperor Hirohito

as Admiral Doyle

as Adm. Doyle

as Admiral Leahy

as Adm. Leahy

as Gen. Kenney

as Gen. Collins

as Al Cheu

as Gen. Derevyanko

as Prime Minister Shide...

as Gen. Bradley

as Adm. Sherman

as Lt. Bulkeley
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Critic Reviews for MacArthur

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Gregory Peck plays MacArthur as an intense and dignified general with an arrogant and well-defined sense of patriotism.

Full Review… | January 23, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A woefully overblown biography with a wooden Indian Peck as MacArthur. He poses instead of acts.

August 20, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

April 20, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur was one of the most famous Generals in the U.S Military. He was one of 5 generals to attain the rank of 5 star general. His life was a series of accomplishments almost attaining legendary status. This is a fine biopic of the late General, one that is effectively directed and acted. Gregory Peck delivers one of his strongest performances since his role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. The film is directed by director Joseph Sargent who has previously helmed The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. This is a terrific war film that boasts a great cast, a well written script, effective dramatic elements and a plot that will certainly appeal to war film fans who desire to know the story of Douglas MacArthur. Peck commands the screen with such ferocious intensity that he is perfect for the part. I think it's hard to imagine someone else in the role; he truly has made it his own. I really enjoyed the film, but I felt that it was second only to Patton, which is the definitive war biopic of a U.S General. This would be second. The acting and plot just takes a hold of you, and you are entertained from the first frame onwards. There are a few aspects missing, but it's only natural that there couldn't be a longer film, because MacArthur's career was long and illustrious. For that this film is, it's an accomplished war biopic about complicated man, who was just as grand as he was flawed. To this day, MacArthur is a figure that is revered and criticized. The film shows in great part why he was like. He was a man that disobeyed orders from the very top, and had his own agenda on how to win a war. This is a fine film worth seeing if you want one of best military biopics after Patton of course.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Lots of insight into Douglas MacArthur the strategist, the tactician and the military commander - very little about Douglas MacArthur the man. I didn't learn anything about the General that I couldn't have gleaned from old newspaper clippings and newsreel footage.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Gregory Peck was an Awesome Actor. Watching his Movies still has a weird magical influence on me. A great Anti-War Movie

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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