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During his farewell address to West Point, General Douglas MacArthur (Gregory Peck) looks back on his storied military career. Beginning with his legendary promise, "I shall return," at the outset of the Battle of Bataan and continuing through his troops' subsequent successes in the South Pacific, the film also touches on his anti-Communist activities following the war and his role in the rebuilding of postwar Japan, until his 1952 ouster by President Harry S. Truman (Ed Flanders).

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Ed Flanders
President Harry S. Truman
Dan O'Herlihy
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sandy Kenyon
Maj. Gen., Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright
Dick O'Neill
Col. Courtney Whitney
Marj Dusay
Mrs. Jean MacArthur
Art Fleming
The Secretary
Allan Miller
Col. Legrande A. Diller
Hal Barwood
Screenwriter
Matthew Robbins
Screenwriter
David Brown
Executive Producer
Richard D. Zanuck
Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith
Original Music
Mario Tosi
Cinematographer
John J. Lloyd
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  • Sep 01, 2013
    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.
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  • Dec 11, 2009
    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
  • Jan 24, 2009
    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.
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