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MacArthur, The Rebel General (1977)

A biopic directed by Joseph Sargent.

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One of America's greatest military leaders

  • Aug 13, 2010

As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
The biopic "MacArthur" (Gregory Peck), is one of the best movies depicting the remarkable and flawed career of one of America’s greatest military leaders; General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and United Nations Commander for the Korean War.  The movie examines this military legend’s1942 recall from the Philippines by FDR; his triumphant return to liberate the country from the Japanese; his guidance of & influence on the allies' post war policies in Japan; his often volatile & fragile relationship with Harry Truman; which resulted in his dismissal from the army by Truman.
Another reason I picked this movie is because it highlights the original tension between the civilian authority over our military.  A concept that I wholeheartedly support as part of our constitution.  Unfortunately, it has been tested to a smaller degree recently with the General McChrystal flap. 

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Michael Neulander ()
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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