General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was not a modest man, but he was charismatic, dashing, eloquent, and arguably the most brilliant military strategist of WWII. Gregory Peck captures all those qualities in his magnificent portrayal of the man who symbolized the spirited refusal to accept
defeat in the Pacific. Using MacArthur's speech to an assembly of West Point cadets as a framing device, the film traces his illustrious and stormy career--from his retreat from the Philippines and famous promised return, through the success of his controversial island-hopping strategy (bypassing
Japanese strongholds and cutting off their supply lines), on to his success as the ...