The Great Raid parents guide

The Great Raid

Overall B+

In January 1945, American soldiers and Filipino guerillas embarked on a mission to rescue 500 U.S. soldiers from a horrendous Japanese POW camp. Largely based on historical accounts, the film stars Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, and Joseph Finnes.

Release date August 11, 2005

Violence D+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C+
Substance Use C+

Why is The Great Raid rated R? The MPAA rated The Great Raid R for strong war violence and brief language.

Run Time: 132 minutes

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The Great Raid
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta 14A Violence.
Manitoba 14A Violence. DISTURBING CONTENT.-----
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

The Great Raid is directed by and stars Benjamin Bratt, James Franso.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Great Raid movie is December 20, 2005. Here are some details…

DVD Release Date: 20 December 2005
The Great Raid invades the home market in two versions: The Wide Screen Director’s Cut or Full Screen Edition. Both provide the following DVD featurettes: The Price of Freedom (the making of the film), Dale Dye’s Boot Camp, War In The Pacific (an interactive timeline), Sound Mixing The Great Raid, The Mix Board, and The Veterans Remember. Also offered are deleted scenes (with optional director commentary) and a commentary with the director, producer, and technical advisor, editor and book author. The 2-disc Director’s Cut includes more deleted scenes, boot camp outtakes, a history lesson with author Hampton Sides, The Ghosts of Bataan (a 60-minute documentary) and a Dedication to the Soldiers of Bataan. Audio tracks are available in English DD5.1 Surround sound, with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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If this film still sounds too violent for your family, consider some older war movies that are less intense, yet still excellently made. Two examples are The Bridge on the River Kwai (also set in the Pacific conflict) and The Great Escape (about a group of POWs who take measures to free themselves). The movie Tora! Tora! Tora! is a carefully researched dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.