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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

Awards

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

Cast

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
Jesse Dizon
as Castro
Eugene Peterson
as Gen. Collins
Beulah Quo
as Al Cheu
Garry Walberg
as Gen. Walker
Manuel DePina
as Prettyman
Russell Johnson
as Admiral King
Addison Powell
as Admiral Nimitz
Tom Rosqui
as Gen. Sampson
G.D. Spradlin
as Gen. Eichelberger
Kenneth Tobey
as Admiral Halsey
Barry Coe
as TV Reporter
Charles Cyphers
as Gen. Harding
Warde Donovan
as Gen. Shepherd
Jerry Holland
as Aide
Phil Kenneally
as Admiral Doyle
Fred Stuthman
as Gen. Bradley
Harvey Vernon
as Adm. Sherman
Robert V. Barron
as P.O.W.
Ivan Bonar
as Gen. Sutherland
Ward Costello
as Gen. George Marshall
Jerry Holland
as Aide
Beulah Quo
as Al Cheu
Fred Stuthman
as Gen. Bradley
Kenneth Tobey
as Admiral Halsey
Garry Walberg
as Gen. Walker
Addison Powell
as Admiral Nimitz
Russell Johnson
as Admiral King
Eugene Peterson
as Gen. Collins
Jesse Dizon
as Castro
Manuel DePina
as Prettyman
Ivan Bonar
as Gen. Sutherland
Harvey Vernon
as Adm. Sherman
Phil Kenneally
as Admiral Doyle
Robert V. Barron
as P.O.W.
Tom Rosqui
as Gen. Sampson
Warde Donovan
as Gen. Shepherd
Barry Coe
as TV Reporter
G.D. Spradlin
as Gen. Eichelberger
Charles Cyphers
as Gen. Harding

Crew

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