The Great Raid

2005

The Great Raid

Critics Consensus

Though the climax of the film -- the actual raid -- is exciting, the rest of it is bogged down in too many subplots and runs on for too long.

37%

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Total Count: 121

70%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 16,813
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John Dahl directed this war drama based on the true story of one of the most daring military actions of World War II. In the waning days of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur chose to make good on a pledge that he made in 1942 -- that he would return to the Philippines after he and his troops were forced to retreat. However, MacArthur's determination was more than a matter of pride. Over 500 American soldiers were being held in Cabanatuan, a notoriously brutal prisoner of war camp in the Philippines operated by the Japanese army, and MacArthur wanted to see to it that they made it home. MacArthur chose Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) to lead the Sixth Ranger Battalion on a mission 30 miles behind enemy lines to infiltrate Cabanatuan and liberate the American prisoners. With the help of Capt. Prince (James Franco), Mucci leads his men on a life-or-death raid against forces known for their savagery. The Great Raid was based on William B. Breuer's book The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor, and also stars Joseph Fiennes, Connie Nielsen, and Marton Csokas. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Benjamin Bratt
as Lt. Col. Mucci
James Franco
as Capt. Prince
Joseph Fiennes
as Maj. Gibson
Connie Nielsen
as Margaret Utinsky
Robert Mammone
as Capt. Fisher
Max Martini
as 1st Sgt. Sid `Top' Wojo
James Carpinello
as Cpl. Aliteri
Mark Consuelos
as Cpl. Guttierez
Craig McLachlan
as 2nd Lt. Riley
Marton Csokas
as Maj. Redding
Clayne Clawford
as Private Len Johnson
Laird Macintosh
as 2nd Lt. O'Grady
Scott McLean
as Lt. LeClaire
Paolo Montalban
as Sgt. Valera
Clayne Crawford
as PFC Aldridge
Sam Worthington
as PFC Lucas
Royston Innes
as Sgt. Adams
Luke Pegler
as PFC Miller
Dale Dye
as Gen. Krueger
Jerome Ehlers
as Col. H. White
Brett Tucker
as Maj. Lapham
Peter Tkacz
as PFC Cohen
Samuel Robinson
as T/4 Gordon
Warwick Young
as Sgt. Lyle
Steve Harman
as PFC Chestnut
Tim Campbell
as Cpl. Friedberg
Matt Doran
as Ron Carlson
Logan Marshall-Green
as Lt. Paul Colvin
Will Gluth
as Wittinghill
Elwyn Edwards
as Campbell
Marcelino Cavestany
as Antonio Corcurea
Simon Maiden
as Fr. McPherson
Neil Fitzpatrick
as Fr. Connor
Romina Villanueva
as Informer with Hood
Res. S. Cortez
as Henchman No. 1
Bembol Roco
as Henchman No. 2
Motoki Kobayashi
as Maj. Nagai
Masa Yamaguchi
as Lt. Hikobe
Yutaka Izumihara
as Sgt. Maj. Takeda
Paul Nakauchi
as Sgt. Shigeno
Ken Senga
as Col. Mori
Kentaro Hara
as Lt. Okasaka
Koichi Kimura
as Storage Room Japanese Soldier
David Chamberlain
as Tank Officer No. 1
Naoto Uchida
as Tank Officer No. 2
Shingo Usami
as Tower Guard
Kazuhiro Muroyama
as Guardhouse Japanese Soldier No. 1
Akira Yoshikawa
as Guardhouse Japanese Soldier No. 2
Ebong Joson
as Capt. Joson
Leo Kooistra
as Lt. Esteban
Chito Sayo
as Manuel
Jourdan Lee Khoo
as Filipino Commander
Leon Ford
as American POW at Palawan
Matthew Newton
as 2nd American POW
Ken Kikkawa
as Comm. Tanaka
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Critic Reviews for The Great Raid

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (76)

  • While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Feels less like a rousing action adventure than a military-sponsored lesson in invincible patriotic payback.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The story line is telegraphed from word one and the meticulous unfolding plot plods ahead inexorably without the slightest bit of suspense.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Great Raid

  • Mar 09, 2014
    Terrible, sappy, made-for-TV quality. This film is beneath the caliber of the actors in it and almost trivializes the participants in the real-life event.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2011
    The film tries to diverge into three different story arcs and while in the hands of capable director's would be a feasible mission, here it really distracts and muddles the film. The film drags along and is split between the different groups and is divided and doesn't flow cohesively Several of the casting choices are odd and distracting to the narrative as well and not until the actual raid itself does the film get exciting. There are some good dramatic scenes in the first half of the film but the pacing was all over the place and the multiple arcs made it choppy. the film simply covers an important event historically and doesn't add anything special or original to it and does a poor job at simply following a cohesive storyline.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2010
    Now don't get me wrong this is not Private Ryan,Schindlers list, or Bridge on the River Kwai. What the movie is is a good, true story about a small raid in the Pacific campaign. The mission is to help free 500 POW's from the Japanese before the Japanese try to kill the prisoners. It's well done, and well acted. I enjoyed it.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2009
    ok Sam Worthington has a bit part in this. He plays PFC Lucas but he?s behind the guy in line that says he?s Lucas. (the one that?s handed the Uzi, is in front of Sam) The one that says he?s PFC Lucas however played a part I Roswell was also in Smallville & a few other popular shows his name?s Clayne Crawford (Leverage in 2009, Cold Case CSI will be in 24 in 2010 also was in Swimfan) I?m not one for war movies they pretty much bore me weather true or just made as a blockbuster action flick. To me this one dragged interesting maybe its about how 500 POWs are in camp & to go about rescuing them. I?m still only giving it a C

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