Skip to comments.THE GREAT RAID - "Ted Kennedy, that is torture; you shut the hell up!" yelled in theatre
Posted on 08/27/2005 7:51:00 PM PDT by doug from upland
"The Great Raid" was a very enjoyable, stirring, and patriotic movie about heroic Americans and Filipinos in WW II. It was the most successful raid of prisoners in our history.
Some idiot at the end of the movie yelled out in the movie theatre -- "That's torture, Ted Kennedy; you shut the hell up!" Yes, that idiot would, of course, be yours truly. No wonder Mrs. DFU usually wants to avoid going to movie theatres with me and would rather rent them. I can't blame her. And during the last presidential campaign, she cringed when I demanded that the waitress remove the Heinz Ketchup and replace it with a bottle of W Ketchup. And let's not forget that she didn't want to ride in my car with all the magnetic stickers. Other than that, we get along wonderfully. Well, almost. She has warned me that if I am ever arrested at a FReep, she won't bail me out.
SEE THE TRAILER
From director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A gripping depiction of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic band of World War II soldiers to attempt the impossible in the hopes of freeing their captured brothers.
Once a tale shared across the United States, the long-lost story of THE GREAT RAID has been recreated with meticulous authenticity to pay testimony to the many different people, from U.S. commanders to Filipino soldiers to women aid workers to the POWs themselves, who played a part in turning this time of intense hardship and unrelenting danger into a moment of inspiration.
The theatre was over half full, and I was one of the youngest people in it (I'm 47). I recommend you watch the movie in order to support this sort of movie-making (subject wise) but read the book to really get an understanding of the magnificence of the Rangers and the Filipino guerrillas who were involved.
there was a very interesting interview on the web yesterday of michael prince, the second in command. the commander died in the nineties, but i thought the prince interview was great....a great man...(http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/movies/237842_raid25.html) i dunno if i did the link right or not.
hmmmm...prince (in the article posted above) verifies much of the film...discusses which were hollywood devices....pretty accurate, according to the second in command.
Thank you for the review.
But the real question is: Why do you torture your Mrs. so much?? :-)
This political stuff is important. I put up with all the money and time she has invested in quilting and quilt supplies. Hey, what other FReeper husband has taken his wife on 5+ quilt runs all over hell and back?
See the movie "To End All Wars" to see what life was like in a Japanese POW camp. Try to put yourself in the position of the people in the camp and how they suffered. I don't think I could have done what they did at the end. I couldn't forgive people like that.
doug, you are a gutsy guy!
Some people would be disappointed even if you hung 'em with a new rope.
There was no love story as presented in the movie. According to Ghost Soldiers, there was no tension between Mucci and Prince. In fact, Mucci loved Prince so much (he called him "my wonderful Captain Prince") it was a subject of embarrassment to Prince. The men did not misunderstand Mucci, they worshipped him. The Filipino guerrillas did not beg to fight, they were part of the plan from the beginning. There was no execution of 11 prisoners the day before the raid. The Japanese who took over the camp after the guards left were NOT special police forces. They were merely Japanese army personnel who left the prisoners pretty much alone (unlike the previous landlords). The plan was to destroy the bridge, not just to make it unusable for vehicles (which is what actually happened). The evil Japanese commander, the last to survive? Please!
They should have left out the love story and focused more on character development.
But what do I know? I thought Mel Gibson unforgivably botched the end of We Were Soldiers.
ROFL!! Now I truely understand. Kudos! :-)
While channel surfing, I saw a promo for this movie and they had actor who said, "We had these little tents slept on the ground and it was cold."
Well, I'm not sure that that's fair. But tell you what, I'll gladly listen to criticism of my comments from anyone who has read one of the two books (The Great Raid on Cantabatuan or Ghost Soldiers) and who has seen the movie. What would be more fair?
And, since he is no longer here to do it, I will thank you for my step-granddad who survived the Bataan Death March. I know that he would feel extreme contempt for the likes of Ted Kennedy.
whoops! meant to address that to you, doug.
Haha, Doug, my husband says I should go to the Opera with you. When they bastardize them with Madonna-like costumes or putrid existential renditions of what could be so lovely, I warn him first and then BOO loudly at the end. Have never failed to find others who join in. And it is so satisfying, definitely a way to make sure you get your money's worth.
The Japanese used panties too?
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