MacArthur - Held des Pazifik (1977) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Gregory Peck||-||Gen. Douglas MacArthur|
|Ivan Bonar||-||General Sutherland|
|Ward Costello||-||General Marshall|
|Nicolas Coster||-||Colonel Huff|
|Marj Dusay||-||Mrs. MacArthur|
|Ed Flanders||-||President Truman|
|Art Fleming||-||The Secretary|
|Russell Johnson||-||Admiral King (as Russell D. Johnson)|
|Sandy Kenyon||-||General Wainwright|
|Robert Mandan||-||Representative Martin|
|Allan Miller||-||Colonal Diller|
|Dan O'Herlihy||-||President Roosevelt|
|Dick O'Neill||-||Colonel Whitney|
|Addison Powell||-||Admiral Nimitz|
|Tom Rosqui||-||General Sampson|
At the start of filming, Gregory Peck disliked General Douglas MacArthur. After filming he changed his mind, understanding the challenges MacArthur had faced. He also stated he believed President Harry S. Truman was wrong to relieve MacArthur of his command in Korea in April 1951.
Although Gregory Peck had reservations about the film's script and production quality, he later called it one of his favorites roles, if not one of his favorite movies.
Gregory Peck had the good fortune of actually naturally bearing a striking resemblance to General Douglas MacArthur. He had some of his hair shaved off since the real MacArthur was quite bald.
Though much of this movie is set in Asia and the South Pacific, this picture was actually filmed entirely in the USA.
One aspect of MacArthur not covered in the film was the general's near- messianic popularity in postwar Japan. MacArthur was beloved by the Japanese for the same reasons that he was hated by Americans: his flair for the dramatic, his insistence on absolute obedience to his orders, and his seven-day-a-week commitment to duty. There were many Japanese who thought MacArthur should live in the Imperial Palace instead of the Emperor.
John Wayne turned down the lead role.
George C. Scott turned down the lead role.
Gregory Peck was very disappointed that the movie was made on a much lower budget than he had hoped and was therefore mostly filmed on the studio back lot.
During filming, Gregory Peck was in the process of buying a new house. He arrived for a viewing for the house he finally chose in his full MacArthur costume. He says that his appearance so intimidated the Realtor that he was able to offer a lower price on the property and still get to be the successful bidder.
'Allmovie' said that "Star Gregory Peck went into MacArthur (1977) 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 Japanese nickname for MacArthur in postwar Japan was, "The blue-eyed Shogun."
General Douglas MacArthur's famous line "I shall return" was used and can be heard in this movie.
To make this picture as authentic as possible, it was originally intended for it to be filmed in the actual historical locations that would be depicted in the movie. As such, an enormous location recce was undertaken by the key production personnel. The location scout went to the Far East and Asia including Korea, Japan and the Philippines. The result was the determination that none of the actual locales still resembled what they used to be in terms of the historical events the movie would be depicting. Both the Malinta Tunnel at Corregidor and Leyte Beach in the Philippines were completely different as was Tokyo, Japan. Moreover, Inchon, Korea's sea wall was no longer next to the city as it was during World War II. As such, the production decided to shoot the entire movie in the USA.
Production personnel who worked on both this movie and Patton (1970) included producer Frank McCarthy, composer Jerry Goldsmith, stunt-men Kim Kahana and Joe Canutt and orchestrator Arthur Morton.
According to producer Frank McCarthy, technical consultant to the production D. Clayton James wrote "the most definitive biography ever written about MacArthur." McCarthy said around the time of this movie's theatrical release that "there are at least one hundred and forty biographies or other books dealing with [General Douglas] MacArthur, some written by his idolators, but Dr. James' technical advice really leveled the character off for us in a most objective way. He was a tremendous help in authenticating situations in the screenplay that might otherwise have been deleted for legal reasons."
At the time of filming of the "Duty, Honor, Country" speech, Marj Dusay was only the third woman in history to occupy the West Point Cadet Mess "Poop Deck" while the Corps of Cadets was assembled. The first two were Queen Elizabeth II and the real Mrs. MacArthur.
This film marked the second biopic of a World War II General that Jerry Goldsmith would score. The first was Patton (1970).
This movie's opening prologue states: "When Japan attacked, he led us back to victory . . . . When Korea exploded, we turned to him again . . . . To this day there are those who think he was a dangerous demagogue and others who say he was one of the greatest men who ever lived. There is little doubt, however, that he affected the lives of millions all over the world, many of whom do not even know his name."
Scenes on board the USS Missouri (BB-63) were filmed while the ship was in mothballs at the Puget Sound Naval Station, Bremerton Navy Yard, Washington.
Prior to production, Gregory Peck disliked this film's script and demanded extensive re-writes on it.
This movie was intended to be the Universal Studio's "answer" to 20th Century-Fox's Patton (1970).
Producer Frank McCarthy once said of Patton and MacArthur: "Both were complex men but General MacArthur was complex on a much broader scale. Patton had no ambition except to be a soldier and to command a field army. He was strictly command."
This movie was made and released about thirteen years after the death of General Douglas MacArthur.
This movie's beginning starts with General Douglas MacArthur at age sixty-two commanding forces in the Phillipines.
Cary Grant turned down the lead role, due to his retirement.
After the release of the Academy Award winning Patton (1970), a movie documenting the life of Douglas MacArthur was announced but it took about five to seven years for it to be achieved.
This whole movie is told utilizing a flashback narrative technique.
Marlon Brando was considered to star.
Beginning the story when Douglas MacArthur was already over 60 was widely considered a mistake.
The New York ticker tape parade for Douglas MacArthur took place on April 2, 1951. A reporter on the scene says, "I've never seen anything like it. The entire city has come out to celebrate the return of America's greatest hero. Officials estimate from 7 to 10 million people are here on hand, and that surpasses Lindberg and Eisenhower's homecomings put together." There were a lot of ticket tape parades before this - going back more than 50 years. Figures for the number of people on hand aren't available for most. The ticker tape parade for Charles Lindbergh was on June 13, 1927, after his return from the first non-stop transatlantic flight (New York to Paris, May 20-21, 1927). The number who turned out isn't known, but a radio reporter at the time said, "In New York, the greatest welcome in the history of the city... for the boy who flew to Paris alone." The ticker tape parade for Dwight Eisenhower after the end of World War II in Europe was 18 years later - on June 10, 1945. It had an estimated four million people. A radio broadcaster said, "Never before has a city of such magnitude with so many people along so long a route given a human being such an ovation."
Although the movie doesn't say explicitly that President Truman sacked Gen. MacArthur, he did so by an order of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by the chairman, Gen. Omar Bradley, on April 10, 1951. By February 1952, Truman's popularity had dropped to 22 percent - the lowest of any president through the 20th century.
This movie's budget blew-out by three million dollars when it was decided to shoot the Philippine exteriors in the Philippines instead of the USA.
Military bases utilized for this movie included the West Point Military Academy, Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, the San Diego Naval Air Station and the Mojave Air Force Base.
This movie is most notable for Gregory Peck's performance and characterization of General Douglas MacArthur. Peck, however, did not received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for it. Peck however was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for his portrayal of MacArthur.
Final film as a producer for Frank McCarthy.
On New Guinea, General Eichelberger says, after reading the "Stars and Stripes" article, "The great Sarah Bernhardt!", referring to General MacArthur. General Eichelberger really called General MacArthur that, and frequently; he had code names for his fellow officers that he used in his frequent letters to his wife. "Sarah" (for Sarah Bernhardt) was the one he used for General MacArthur due to General MacArthur's flair for dramatics
The Universal Studios first announced the making of this picture on 6 September 1972.
Many A-list actors were touted to play Douglas MacArthur in this movie.
Steven Spielberg was originally announced as director of " MacArthur " In 1973.
This movie covers the period of from 1942 Corregidor, Phillippines to his dismissal a decade later during the Korean War.