Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

MacArthur Details


Star Gregory Peck went into Gregory Peck 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. Gregory Peck was intended as Universal's "answer" to 20th Century-Fox's enormously successful Gregory Peck (1970), but box-office returns were disappointing. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gregory Peck Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1977 Nominee


Gregory Peck
as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Ed Flanders
as Harry S. Truman
Dan O'Herlihy
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Marj Dusay
as Mrs. MacArthur
Nicolas Coster
as Capt. Huff
Dick O'Neill
as Col. Whitney
Yuki Shimoda
as Prime Minister
John Fujioka
as Emperor Hirohito
Tom Rosqui
as Gen. Sampson
Warde Donovan
as Gen. Shepherd
Robert V. Barron
as P.O.W.
Charles Cyphers
as Gen. Harding
Barry Coe
as TV Reporter
G.D. Spradlin
as Gen. Eichelberger
Phil Kenneally
as Admiral Doyle
Harvey Vernon
as Adm. Sherman
Manuel DePina
as Prettyman
Ivan Bonar
as Gen. Sutherland
Jerry Holland
as Aide
Ward Costello
as Gen. George Marshall
Beulah Quo
as Al Cheu
Kenneth Tobey
as Admiral Halsey
Garry Walberg
as Gen. Walker
Fred Stuthman
as Gen. Bradley
Russell Johnson
as Admiral King
Eugene Peterson
as Gen. Collins
Addison Powell
as Admiral Nimitz
Jesse Dizon
as Castro


Joseph Sargent
David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Matthew Robbins
Hal Barwood
Mario Tosi
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Don Sharpless
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert J. Whitlock
Special Effects
Scott Maitland
First Assistant Director
Frank McCoy
Joe Canutt
Stunts Coordinator