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Students of history and veterans of World War II will find MacArthur particularly enjoyable.  It is an excellent biographical film.

The mood, brilliance and ego of MacArthur flow to the audience via Gregory Peck's moving and frank portrayal of the American military hero.

The film follows MacArthur from 1942 to his final public speech at Westpoint.

The history is well known, but director Sargent reaches to the audience through Peck to give the MacArthur view.  There is little blood and guts, but the film depicts war and death as part of the General's life.

This is not a giant spectacular film with a lot of gimmicks.  It is the story of a man's life and work, but never stops moving.  The excitement of his life and the history of his time are sufficient to totally hold the full attention of the audience.

MacArthur's roll in the Philippines, his "I shall return" speech, the occupation of Japan and his direction of the drawing of the Japanese democratic constitution are the substance of the World War II action.  The landing at Inchon, Korea in the fifties and his removal from command by President Truman complete his public life.

He is a hero with flaws as the Zanuck Brown product points out.  A man of superior ability and intellect, he fulfills his egocentric needs by having a public relations man film him from just the right angle at just the right time and places.

One cannot separate the man from the film, MacArthur is this film.

Joseph Sargent directed a believable production that is thoroughly engrossing.  MacArthur's emotion, philosophy, dedication and limits are portrayed so well by Peck one leaves the theater with a feeling of having known General MacArthur.  The film is well worth seeing.


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