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‘Great Raid’ rating disputed

From a Times staff writer

Miramax Films said Wednesday that it would appeal the R rating given its World War II film “The Great Raid” by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. The movie, about the rescue of American prisoners from a Japanese camp in the Philippines in 1945, was assigned the restrictive rating because of “strong war violence and brief language,” the company said.

“The only way to capitalize on the historical importance of the film is to make it accessible to young people, which will only be successful if the MPAA allows us to reach them,” said John Dahl, the film’s director.


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