The Great Raid
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

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"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The story line is telegraphed from word one and the meticulous unfolding plot plods ahead inexorably without the slightest bit of suspense."
‑ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Undeveloped secondary characters and awkward pacing thwarts the movie from achieving its '60s war film ethos similar to "The Great Escape.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"While the historical events depicted were unusual and cause for genuine celebration, the film that depicts these events is a dull, by-the-numbers set of war-movie clichés."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The true story part of it works. The spy and romance stuff doesn't."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Feels less like a rousing action adventure than a military-sponsored lesson in invincible patriotic payback."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Instead of a tribute to a fine chapter in the annals of the Greatest Generation, we have a second-rate romance right out of a cheesy, pulp fiction novel."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"It moves slowly and methodically, showing us the minutest particulars of every facet of the operation. There's more here than we need to know."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It couldn't hold my attention despite the event being such a celebrated one in American history."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A well-produced, rousing feature based on one of those forgotten World War II episodes that make for great cinema."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"The Great Raid has one amazing action sequence. You just have to watch the whole story in order to earn and appreciate it."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"More of a skimpy skirmish that lasts way too short and has too little peril to be great"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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