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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. Read critic reviews

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In early 1945, as World War II is nearing its end, Gen. Douglas MacArthur selects Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) to command a bold rescue mission in the Philippines. There, in the city of Cabanauan, more than 500 American soldiers are being held captive in a brutal prisoner-of-war camp. With the assistance of Capt. Prince (James Franco), Mucci will lead the valiant soldiers of the 6th Ranger Battalion in one of the boldest POW rescues in American history.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin Bratt
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci
James Franco
Captain Prince
Connie Nielsen
Margaret Utinsky
Joseph Fiennes
Major Gibson
Marton Csokas
Captain Redding
Robert Mammone
Captain Fisher
Max Martini
1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo
John Dahl
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Hossein Amini
Writer (Screenplay)
Kevin Lund
Writer (Screenplay)
Douglas Miro
Writer (Screenplay)
Carlo Bernard
Writer (Screenplay)
Tony Winley
Co-Producer
Peter Menzies Jr.
Cinematographer
Trevor Rabin
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  • The raid on Cabanatuan is extraordinary. Exciting, tense, full of crackling suspense and filmed with old-fashioned daring, the movie comes alive with crackling electricity it does not know until this very point.

    September 10, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are the makings of a fine, moving, epic war film here, but thanks to the inclusion of enough chatty exposition to sink the Bismarck, again, and some just plain silly casting choices, The Great Raid is anything but.

    August 14, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [S]ometimes the most worthy of stories, the most relevant of history lessons, the most rousing of plots can still become the dullest of movies.

    August 13, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

    August 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.

    August 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

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  • 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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