The Great Raid
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Following in the tradition of such great World War II films as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Patton", "The Great Raid" tells the true story of an American rescue mission that took place over five days in January, 1945. Cabanatuan prison was located some thirty miles behind Japanese lines. Inside its walls were over 500 American prisoners. Many were survivors of the Bataan death march. These men had been improsoned for over three years. Many began to feel that their country had left them behind. By late 1944, the Americans had returned to the Philippines. After learning about the existance of Cabanatuan, the Americans devised a plan to send an elite group of Army Rangers in to resue the POWs. Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt), commander of the 6th Ranger Batallion, was given the assignment of developing the mission. Captain Robert Prince (James Franco) was placed in charge of planning and actually carrying out the raid. The Rangers would have to travel thirty miles into enemy-held territory, much of the time in broad daylight with very little cover. Fortunately, they received a great deal of help from the Filipino resistance.
- The Price of Freedom: Making The Great Raid
- Extended deleted scenes with commentary
- The Ghosts of Bataan: A 60-minute documentary
- The Veterans remember
- History lesson wiht author Hampton Sides
- Captain Dale Dye's boot camp
- Boot camp outtakes
- Mixing The Great Raid
- The Mix Board with special audio options
- War in the Pacific interactive timeline
- Dedication to the soldiers of Bataan
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It is January 1945 – the last year of World War II. In the Philippines, the U.S. Army has landed on Luzon and is steadily pushing the Japanese back. General Walter Krueger, Sixth Army Commander, receives intelligence that the Japanese are murdering American prisoners of war (POWs) before they can be liberated. Krueger assigns the newly minted Sixth Army Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lt Col Henry Mucci, to rescue all 500-plus Allied prisoners being held at the Cabanatuan POW camp before they can be killed by their Japanese captors.
Colonel Mucci assigns Captain Robert Prince to formulate a plan to rescue the prisoners, and then to assemble a raiding party to execute the plan. The first half of “The Great Raid” shows how Prince meticulously develops a highly complex plan that involves marching over thirty miles to the POW camp, approaching the camp in broad daylight over open terrain, and then launching a surprise nighttime attack – all the while protecting their flanks and ensuring the safety of the prisoners during the raid. The second half of the film shows the raid itself through highly realistic action sequences that clearly convey the Rangers’ tremendous courage, dedication, and professionalism in the face of a determined and brutal foe.
Interwoven throughout the film are additional scenes showing the terrible conditions that the prisoners endured inside the Cabanatuan POW camp. These scenes, necessarily viewed from the perspectives of several fictional composites of actual prisoners, clearly convey the starvation, disease, and tortures suffered by the prisoners throughout their three-year captivity. “The Great Raid” also highlights the activities of Margaret Utinsky, an American nurse who worked with a small group of Filipino resistance fighters that risked their lives to smuggle medical supplies and food to the sick and starving POWs inside Cabanatuan.
I now own “The Great Raid” on Blue-ray. I watch it frequently, and each time I do, I am inspired by the events it depicts. This film consistently ranks in my “Top Five” favorite war films of all time. Most highly recommended.