MacArthur (film)

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MacArthur
MacArthur1977.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Frank McCarthy
Written by Hal Barwood
Matthew Robbins
Starring Gregory Peck
Ed Flanders
Dan O'Herlihy
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Mario Tosi
Edited by George Jay Nicholson
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 15, 1977 (1977-07-15)
Running time 130 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9 million[1]
Box office $16,320,000 (US)[2]

MacArthur is a 1977 American biographical war film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Gregory Peck in the eponymous role as American General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.

Plot[edit]

The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in flashback as he visits West Point in 1962.

Cast[edit]

Factual errors[edit]

  • In a meeting in Pearl Harbor between U.S. President Roosevelt, Admiral Nimitz, and MacArthur to discuss East Asian strategy, MacArthur points to Lingayen Gulf in Western Luzon, calling it Leyte Gulf, and referring to it as the site of his re-entry to the Philippines. The Battle of Leyte Gulf and the Battle of Leyte, which included MacArthur's first return to Philippine soil on 20 October 1944, were in the Visayas, the archipelagic Central Philippines. The Invasion of Lingayen Gulf, with MacArthur making a similarly dramatic landing in the main island of Luzon, occurred on January 9, 1945.
  • Prior to the Inchon landing the film shows an aircraft on bombing run. The footage used shows an F-4 Phantom II aircraft. The F-4 did not enter service with the United States until 1960.[citation needed]
  • In the parade scene in the beginning, female cadets are shown marching in the formation. That speech was given in 1962. Female cadets were not admitted to West Point until 1976.[3]
  • On the ship's stateroom wall during the Pearl Harbor FDR, Nimitz, and MacArthur meeting, is a painting of the Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser USS Los Angeles (CA-135), which was commissioned 22 July 1945, too late for WW2, but won 5 Battle Stars for the Korean War.
  • The uniform of the Soviet Lieutenant General Kuzma N. Derevyanko in the movie erroneously presented with the shoulder boards of a Soviet Senior Lieutenant instead of a Lieutenant General (https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlexanderViduetsky/albums/6019713833874765057).

Reception[edit]

MacArthur received mixed reviews, it currently holds a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Inchon, another film about MacArthur's life.

References[edit]

  1. ^ THE NEW TYCOONS OF HOLLYWOOD: THE DAY OF THE ALMIGHTY MOGUL IS OVER. NOW MOVIEMAKING IS IN THE HANDS OF PACKAGERS AND BUDGET-WATCHERS WHO ARE THE HIRED HANDS OF THE CONGLOMERATES THAT OWN THE STUDIOS. AND WHAT THEY'RE AFTER IS BLOCKBUSTERS. By Robert Lindsey. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 07 Aug 1977: SM4.
  2. ^ "MacArthur (1977) - Box office / business". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  3. ^ Wansley, Joy. "The First Women Graduates of West Point Say with Pride: It Was Tough but We Survived". People.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  4. ^ MacArthur at Rotten Tomatoes

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