Director: Joseph Sargent Cast: Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders, Dan O'Herlihy

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
UPC: 0025192054426
Original Release: 1977
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 5,392

Special Features

Production notes; cast & filmmakers highlights; theatrical trailer

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
Jesse Dizon Castro
Eugene Peterson Gen. Collins
Beulah Quo Al Cheu
Garry Walberg Gen. Walker
Manuel DePina Prettyman
Walter O. Miles Gen. Kenney
Gerald Saunderson Peters Gen. Blamey
Russell Johnson Admiral King
Robert Mandan Representative Martin
Allan Miller Col. Diller
Addison Powell Admiral Nimitz
Tom Rosqui Gen. Sampson
G.D. Spradlin Gen. Eichelberger
Kenneth Tobey Admiral Halsey
Barry Coe TV Reporter
Charles Cyphers Gen. Harding
Warde Donovan Gen. Shepherd
Jerry Holland Aide
Phil Kenneally Admiral Doyle
John R. McKee Admiral Leahy
Alex Rodine Gen. Derevyanko
Fred Stuthman Gen. Bradley
Harvey Vernon Adm. Sherman
William Wellman Lt. Bulkeley
Robert V. Barron P.O.W.
Ivan Bonar Gen. Sutherland
Ward Costello Gen. George Marshall
Art Fleming The Secretary

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 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

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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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.