THE GREAT RAID
Inspiring Patriotic Portrait
Release Date: August 12, 2005
Genre: War Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: R for strong war violence and
Runtime: 120 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista
Director: John Dahl
Producer: Lawrence Bender and Marty Katz
Writer: Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro
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Morale is waning at the POW camp. They have been stranded there for three years and are losing any hope for a rescue. Unknown to the American soldiers, the Japanese are sending in their most ruthless commander to torture and finally kill the POWs.
American forces get wind of their soldiers’ potential demise and send in the Rangers. Lt. Col. Henry Mussi, played by LAW & ORDER alum Benjamin Bratt, plans his attack carefully. His mission – sneaking into a camp armed with several hundred enemy soldiers – seems nearly impossible, especially when you’re leading unpracticed men, as he was.
[Warning – Spoiler] Lt. Mussi and his men overcome the odds and complete a dazzling raid on the POW camp. Their victory is inspiring not only as a reminder of what a team can accomplish, but also of the bravery and fearlessness of those serving in the armed forces.
The American soldiers act morally and value life. One fearful soldier reads his Bible and gives a card with the Virgin Mary on it to another soldier who doesn’t know God.
The movie’s violence is intense and sometimes graphic. Japanese soldiers perform executions at point-blank range, and they perform other cruel acts like burning men alive and hanging their prisoners. The handful of obscenities is mild for a war movie, especially in light of what was probably said in real life, but the three profanities are stronger. There is no sex or nudity.
THE GREAT RAID is an engaging celebration of the brave men who risk their lives to defend America. It’s recommended, with caution about the violence.
THE GREAT RAID is an inspiring, patriotic reminder of the bravery and fearlessness of our armed forces. The movie’s violence, however, is intense and sometimes graphic. Japanese soldiers perform executions at point-blank range and other cruel acts like burning men alive. The handful of obscenities is mild but the three profanities are stronger. THE GREAT RAID is an engaging celebration of the brave men who risk their lives to defend America.