“I’m talking about the kind of glory you carry inside of you the rest of your life knowing you’ve done something worth remembering, something that made a difference. The only recommendation that I want is from those boys in that camp.” – Lt. Col. Mucci
Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jun 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Retelling of the true story of an plan by the allied forces towards the end of World War II to free POW’s from a prison camp in the Philippines run by the Japanese.
My Take on it – I was surprised when I came across this film and had never heard of it before because it seemed like something right up my alley.
The story is told extremely well and they have key characters situated in numerous aspects of the plot that help give us as much of a complete idea of everything that is going on all at once.
The mission was definitely a daring one but it meant so much on political, social and of course national levels that it needed to be put in place with the idea that failure was not an option.
The cast is superb and is led by Joseph Fiennes, Benjamin Bratt, James Franco and Connie Nielsen and they all help us understand more clearly everything that transpired during this daring mission.
The story itself is extremely moving and I can’t wait to see it again in order to enjoy it again.
Bottom Line – Great story told from numerous perspectives to give us the complete picture as to how this daring plan came into being and its execution. Great cast led by Fiennes, Bratt, Nielsen and Franco helps us understand everything that transpired. Extremely moving story. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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