MacArthur

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Overview

Star Gregory Peck went into MacArthur disliking the title character that he was slated to play, but emerged from the experience with a deeper understanding and respect for this complex historical figure. The film is framed in flashback, with an octogenarian General Douglas MacArthur Peck making his final address before his alma mater of West Point. We flash back to the fall of Corregidor in 1942, with MacArthur promising "I shall return" to the beleaguered and eventually imprisoned American and Filipino troops. ...
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Overview

Star Gregory Peck went into MacArthur disliking the title character that he was slated to play, but emerged from the experience with a deeper understanding and respect for this complex historical figure. The film is framed in flashback, with an octogenarian General Douglas MacArthur Peck making his final address before his alma mater of West Point. We flash back to the fall of Corregidor in 1942, with MacArthur promising "I shall return" to the beleaguered and eventually imprisoned American and Filipino troops. The story follows MacArthur's subsequent victories in the South Pacific, occasionally pausing to show us the General's omnipresent sense of "showmanship" e.g. his wading ashore on the beaches of the Philippines for the benefit of the newsreel cameras. The greater part of the film involves MacArthur's attempts to restore dignity to the defeated postwar Japan, and to keep the Russian Communists from overtaking the orient as they had Eastern Europe. MacArthur is eventually fired from his post by President Truman after the general defies orders during the Korean conflict. MacArthur was intended as Universal's "answer" to 20th Century-Fox's enormously successful Patton 1970, but box-office returns were disappointing.
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Special Features

Production notes; cast & filmmakers highlights; theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • UPC: 025192054426
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,712

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Ed Flanders Harry S. Truman
Dan O'Herlihy Franklin D. Roosevelt
Marj Dusay Mrs. MacArthur
Sandy Kenyon Gen. Wainwright
Nicolas Coster Capt. Huff
Dick O'Neill Col. Whitney
Yuki Shimoda Prime Minister
John Fujioka Emperor Hirohito
Robert V. Barron P.O.W.
Ivan Bonar Gen. Sutherland
Barry Coe TV Reporter
Ward Costello Gen. George Marshall
Charles Cyphers Gen. Harding
Manuel DePina Prettyman
Jesse Dizon Castro
Warde Donovan Gen. Shepherd
Art Fleming The Secretary
Jerry Holland Aide
Russell Johnson Admiral King
Phil Kenneally Admiral Doyle
Robert Mandan Representative Martin
John R. McKee Admiral Leahy
Walter O. Miles Gen. Kenney
Allan Miller Col. Diller
Gerald Saunderson Peters Gen. Blamey
Eugene Peterson Gen. Collins
Addison Powell Admiral Nimitz
Beulah Quo Al Cheu
Alex Rodine Gen. Derevyanko
Tom Rosqui Gen. Sampson
G.D. Spradlin Gen. Eichelberger
Fred Stuthman Gen. Bradley
Kenneth Tobey Admiral Halsey
Harvey Vernon Adm. Sherman
Garry Walberg Gen. Walker
William Wellman Jr. Lt. Bulkeley
Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Hal Barwood Screenwriter
David Brown Producer
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Scott Maitland Asst. Director
Frank McCarthy Producer
Frank McCarthy Producer
Frank McCoy Makeup
George Jay Nicholson Editor
Matthew Robbins Screenwriter
Don Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Tosi Cinematographer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Richard D. Zanuck Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- General Douglas MacArthur
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [2:08]
2. The General's Background [9:00]
3. The General's Family [10:25]
4. The General's Regrets [10:19]
5. Green Troops [9:37]
6. Public Relations [5:59]
7. Battle Strategy [8:15]
8. Back to the Islands [7:11]
9. At the Front [4:58]
10. A New President [1:12]
11. The Bomb [:23]
12. After the War [10:40]
13. Korea [12:00]
14. Wake Island [9:11]
15. The Chinese [7:30]
16. Going Home [6:53]
17. Retiring [6:10]
18. End Titles [5:46]
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Menu

Side #1 -- General Douglas MacArthur
   Bonus Materials
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Gregory Peck
         Ed Flanders
         Dan O'Herlihy
         Directed by Joseph Sargent
      DVD Newsletter
      Recommendations
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Underrated Epic

    With eloquence, passion and a flare for the dramatic, General Douglas MacArthur achieved what few military leaders never did--a successful military campaign and an equally as successful administration of the vanquished and defeated enemy nation. This film accurately captures both the hidden and very public sides of the self-seeking and demogogic, yet insightful genius that was General MacArthur. At times the film does seem to have a split personality, shifting focus from the glory-seeking martinet to the compassionate, dedicated patriot. This contrast is seen in the film's attention to MacArthur's insistence on redoing the film shots of his landing on The Philippines but then going into great detail to reveal MacArthur's respect and understanding of the Asian mind. One of the deepest insights this underappreciated film reveals is how MacArthur with compassion and respect, waited on the defeated Hirohito to voluntarily emerge from the protected environment of the palace. Hirohito mythic-ally reigned in Japan as a god-like figure, hiding in the confines of the imperial palace. We come to understand that if MacArthur entered the palace on his own, or if he demanded the emperor leave the palace for the meeting, the emperor's mystique would be maintained. Yet, if the general waited for Hirohito to voluntarily cross the moat, the Japanese would willingly see that their 'god' was merely a man, but save face at the same time. A further redemptive note for the film: The historical accuracy of the material revealed the depth and complexity in the General's character. The project opened the eyes of the left-leaning Mr. Peck and brought about the actor's change of heart. Regardless of the film's faults, all in all it is an excellent piece of work that has been unfairly criticized.

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