Director: Joseph Sargent Cast: Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders, Dan O'Herlihy
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MacArthur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.