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Friday, August 12, 2005

entry arrow10:26 PM | The Great Brown Debut

Oh, my. Finally a review of John Dahl's The Great Raid. Here's what the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert has to say:

The film is unique in giving full credit to the Filipino fighters who joined the Rangers and made the local logistics possible by enlisting the secret help of local farmers and villagers (their ox carts were employed to carry prisoners too weak to walk). The Filipinos are led by Capt. Juan Pajota (Cesar Montano), a forcible local actor who steps into the Hollywood cast and adds to its authenticity and sense of mission.

You have to admit, when you read that line, a swell of pride rises in you. Way to go, Montano! (The New York Times is not so enthralled, though. The critic Stephen Holden described the film as being tedious.)

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