The Great Raid (2005)

132 min-Action | Drama | War -12 August 2005 (USA)
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Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.


John Dahl


William B. Breuer (book), Hampton Sides (book) (additional material), and 2 more credits


Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes and James Franco


Set in the Philippines in 1945 towards the end of WWII, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Robert Prince, the 6th Ranger Battalion undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, they intend to liberate over 500 American Soldiers from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever. Written by themusicman999

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

Soldier | Rescue | Mission | American | Philippines  |


Two proud races, brothers-in-arms... A daring mission that will earn them the respect and admiration of the entire world.


Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence and brief language See all certifications

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official DVD site [Germany] | Miramax [United States] | Add/edit official sites


USA | Australia


Filipino | English | Tagalog | Japanese

Release Date:


Also Known As:

Le grand raid

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,376,009 (USA) (14 August 2005) (819 Screens)


$10,166,502 (USA) (16 October 2005)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax Films, Marty Katz Productions, Lawrence Bender Productions
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS  | Dolby Digital  | SDDS


Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White  | Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In late 2004, many months before this film was released to the public in August 2005, US Ambassador to the Philippines Frank Ricciardone contacted Miramax producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, with whom he was acquainted, to request a personal favor. Ambassador Ricciardone asked if the Weinsteins would consent to allow the U.S. Embassy in Manila to hold special screenings of this film during the Embassy's celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Cabanatuan raid. Remarkably, the Weinsteins gave their blessing for the U.S. Embassy to make limited use of the film, an act that had no precedent. Thus, during February 2005, seven months before its public release, the film was screened for a limited audience of both American and Filipino employees of the U.S. Embassy, plus some family members, as well as a select group of people involved in the movie's production (Director John Dahl was present), the Hampton Sides novel that provided some of the film's material (Mr. Sides was present), and the 60th anniversary ceremonies at Cabanatuan. The film was screened at a theater in the Greenbelt 3 Mall at Ayala Center in Makati - the main financial and entertainment district of Manila.


Revealing mistakes: The exact same background shot of a Ventura bomber followed by two single-engine planes flying left to right is used three times during the film, twice at the beginning as they are planning the mission on the beach and then once at the end when the raid is over.


Lt. Colonel Mucci: General, this is the man who led the raid... Captain Prince.
General Kreuger: Congratulations, soldier. I'm very sorry for your losses, but I want to let you know you men have done a great service to your country.
Captain Prince: Thank you, sir.

Crazy Credits

The first part of the end credits are superimposed over actual footage of
the American prisoners following their liberation.


Referenced in "Hannity & Colmes: Episode dated 12 August 2005" (2005)


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