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The Great Raid

  R HD Closed Captioning

John Dahl

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Plot Summary

An inspirational true story of the most triumphant rescue mission in U.S. military history! As World War II rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war. Under the command of Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt TRAFFIC), the men of the 6th will face the unthinkable by attempting the impossible! Also featuring James Franco (SPIDERMAN 1 & 2), Connie Nielsen (GLADIATOR), and Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), this gripping big-screen hit captures a moment in time when men of honor became soldiers of destiny!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 120
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 76
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Divided three ways among the rangers, the prisoners and the resistance fighters in Manila, the movie feels unfocused, schematic and overpopulated. – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Rotten: 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, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Not a great movie, but it certainly does justice to the great historical event it dramatizes. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


When the final credits ran, the northern NJ movie audience sat silent and still. Images of real heroes rolled past us on the screen. As the last image faded, we applauded.

The film brilliantly portrays the intricate web of the lives touched by the men taken prisoner. A terrific telling of the true account of an ordinary group of men who gallantly volunteered to attempt a daring rescue against all odds. West Point professors and military leaders used the textbook perfect, easy to follow battle briefing as an example of exactly what to do.
The filming shows wide screen views of an awesome battle – not the close-up, shaky angles indicative of poorly choreographed fight scenes. Joseph Fiennes, Connie Nielsen, and Benjamin Bratt give dazzling performances that capture the combined hope and despair of the POW’s struggle and the determination of the people who risked their lives to set them free.
This is a must see movie that will touch your heart and stir the courage that lies within.


This movie is by far one of the best movies I ever saw or own. It ranks in my Top 5 movies of all time. Its Powerful. Its Emotional. And its Awe Inspiring! It shows you why The US Military is the greatest fighting force on the planet. Thank you to all who served!

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The Great Raid
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2005

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