A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »
John M. Stahl
The story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and United Nations Commander for the Korean War. "MacArthur" begins in 1942, following the fall of Phillipines, and covers the remarkable career of this military legend up through and including the Korean War and into MacArthur's days of forced retirement after being dismissed from his post by President Truman.Written by
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This movie's opening prologue states: "When Japan attacked, he led us back to victory . . . . When Korea exploded, we turned to him again . . . . To this day there are those who think he was a dangerous demagogue and others who say he was one of the greatest men who ever lived. There is little doubt, however, that he affected the lives of millions all over the world, many of whom do not even know his name." See more »
As MacArthur is leaving the Philippines on PT-41, he is seen climbing up onto the fore deck through a hatch from below. PT-41 was an ELCO 77-footer that had no such hatch in the fore deck. See more »
General Douglas MacArthur:
[to cadet corps at West Point]
Today marks my final roll call with you. I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corps... and the corps... and the corps. I bid you farewell.
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The UK DVD issue omits the sequence where MacArthur meets Emperor Hirohito, but instead, adds to the ending. The film now ends with MacArthur and his wife watch a TV transmission of the presidential inauguration of Eisenhower MacArthur's comment: "He will turn out fine. He was the best clerk that ever served under me"), followed by the end of MacArthur's farewell speech at West Point. The subsequent credits starts to roll slightly earlier than previously. See more »
This is one of those rather long (2 hours) worthy but involving historical war dramas. More drama than war. Always seemingly shot through a veil of soft focus, often to such a degree as to represent a sea-mist, it does feature the excellent Gregory Peck as the eponymous MacArthur.
Entertainment wise it's pretty good, obviously wordy throughout all the military planning and many discussions. To my mind, MacArthur comes across as a softer character than the impression I've got from elsewhere. That maybe down to Peck, or maybe not, his performance is in his usual measured, reassuring manner. He remains very watchable throughout, though for younger audiences, they may just find it all too slow and un-engaging.
For us older lot, it's solid character-based drama from the older school of movie making, with no CGI, of course and the occasional use of actual newsreel. There are a number of large scale and undoubtedly expensive scenes (signing of the Treaty of Japan, for example). If you enjoy Gregory Peck, are interested in MacArthur and/or like war movies that cover mid WW2 to post war and beyond periods, then it's a likable and modestly enjoyable film.
The DVD can be bought very cheaply secondhand, now. It offers next to nothing in the way of extras - only a theatrical trailer, though it has - dubbed? in German, French, Spanish and Italian - and English hard of hearing. Subtitles are in the above languages only. The screen ratio is a widescreen filling 1.85:1 and the score is in a good sounding stereo, but not surround.
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