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Macarthur [DVD]


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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Dan O'Herlihy, Ed Flanders, Ward Costello, Marj Dusay
  • Directors: Joseph Sargent
  • Producers: Frank McCarthy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, French, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AKPX5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,620 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gregory Peck stars as General MacArthur in this biopic tracing the controversial military man's flamboyant career. Beginning in 1942, when over half the air power under his command was destroyed, and continuing with the part he played in the post-war reconstruction of Japan, the attempts he made to become President, and his dismissal for insubordination during the Korean war, the film strives for a balanced portrait of the great man, showing both his flaws and achievements.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
The 1977 film "MacArthur" is well aware that there were two sides to the controversial military leader Douglas MacArthur, and you can almost see the makers of this film flipping a coin to decide which side Gregory Peck gets to show in the next scene. On the one hand there was the brilliant military strategist and leader who directed Allied forces in the Pacific against the Japanese in World War II and for the first half of the Koran War. On the other hand that was the vain and egotistical man who selected official photographs with as much care as he plained invasions and attacks. Most of the credit in this film goes to Peck's performance in making these two diverse sides fit together for the most part.
The contrast between the two is probably best captured in two scenes involving Major General Jonathan M. Wainwright (Sandy Kenyon), who was left behind in command of the Philippines when FDR ordered MacArthur to get to safety in Australia. Even though he promises MacArthur he "will be here or I'll be dead," Wainwright is ultimately forced to surrender and MacArthur goes off the deep end, insisting that Wainwright has gone insane and heaping invective on the man's name. Later in the film, on the day the Japanese signed the articles of surrender on the U.S.S. "Missouri," Wainwright arrives, a gaunt figure after years of captivity in a Japanese prison. MacArthur embraces Wainwright warmly, brushing away all apologies and assuring the man he can have his Corps back as soon as he says the word. MacArthur remains the same man, unconcerned by the obvious contradictions of his nature.
Director Joseph Sargent frames this biopic with MacArthur's famous speech to the cadets of West Point, where he extols the virtues of "Duty," "Honor," "Country.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 1 July 2004
Format: DVD
Those that are interested in General Douglas MacArthur, and admire his qualities of courage and fortitude, will find this film fascinating; it is beautifully filmed, with marvelous re-creations of the mid 20th century, and the battle scenes are very well done.
The speeches alone are a glory to listen to, full of passion for "duty, honor, and country", and the words are so exquisitely crafted they are like the finest prose.
The film starts and ends in MacArthur's beloved West Point, on a blustery day, as he speaks to the cadets, and is among the many memorable scenes; others are the landing on Layte, and the signing of Japan's surrender, on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, which is a fabulous re-staging of the historic event.
Gregory Peck gives a monumental portrayal of MacArthur; it is nuanced and brilliant, and from the old film clips I have seen of General MacArthur, subtly captures his posture and movement, with his many different pipes. This film is one of Peck's best, and it's sad it did not have more critical acclaim, as I feel it certainly deserved it.
Other terrific performances come from Marj Dusay as his wife Jean, Sandy Kenyon as General Jonathan Wainwright, and Ed Flanders as President Truman is quite exceptional; tough, gritty, and angered by MacArthur.
An excellent score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Mario Tosi complements the well-paced direction by Joseph Sargent. If it has a flaw, I feel the film makes too much of the publicity loving aspect of MacArthur's personality. Yes, he liked to use the media to his advantage, and most people who make history feel the same way no doubt...otherwise it is a fairly balanced depiction of one of the great men of the 20th century.
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Gregory Peck is great in this biopic, of the eccentric American general, Douglas Macarthur. He certainly does a good job in this movie, showing how the egocentric Macarthur manipulated the media and those around him to cast himself in a better light. Sadly the film is too ambitious and fails to get off the ground. The battle scenes are very 1970s and just look fake. Perhaps it is unfair to judge old war films, post Saving Private Ryan, but this film is not really up to the mark.
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Brilliant portrayal of a fascinating man, who joins the ranks alongside the great participants of second world war Peck is immaculate as MacArthur and deserved an Oscar, and vthe Pacific war is not as well known as the European war, so it helps better understand this last stage of the horrors suffered by all at the closing of the second world war.
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By jeremy connolly on 14 May 2014
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I can't imagine this is on Gregory Peck's cv. I like a bit of history but not this one. Gone to the Charity shop. Glad I only paid a few £ for it.
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By intzbi on 20 April 2014
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I saw this film when it was first released, and was not impressed then! Thirty years later, I was more than half way through "American Ceasar" by William Manchester when I recalled this film and thought that I needed to give it a second try; Amazon stand up to the plate!! My problem is/was that the book is so detailed (and excellent) but the film (again!) is very broad brush; so much so, it (in mil parlance) falls though the slats. That said, it is worth watching for the last 15 minutes when Peck delivers MacArthur's Capitol hill speech and his final farewell speech to West Point. If the latter does not make the hairs on your neck stand up...
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