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The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | December 1954 (USA)
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

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Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

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Jets Dare Danger Over Korea! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

William Holden's younger brother, Robert Beedle, was a Navy fighter pilot who was killed in action in World War II. After this film was released, he was remembered by his squadron-mates as having been very much like the character of Lt Harry Brubaker. See more »

Goofs

The movie opens in November 1952. Later, the men are listening to a radio broadcast of an NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. The broadcaster says that the winner will play the Cleveland Browns in the championship game. In reality, the Rams played (and defeated) Cleveland in the 1951 title game. In 1952 the Detroit Lions played and beat the Browns for the championship. See more »

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RAdm. George Tarrant: Where do we get such men? They leave this ship and they do their job. Then they must find this speck lost somewhere pn the sea. When the find it they have to land on it's pitching deck. Where do we get such men?
Man on loudspeaker: Launch jets!
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Opening credits prologue: With Task Force 77 U.S. Navy Off the coast of Korea November, 1952 See more »

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Superb film
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a truly superb film on any number of grounds. First, and generally unknown, it is based on a real incident, the so called "Battle of Carlson's Canyon" which was waged early in the Korean War in an attempt to interdict North Korean supplies on their way to the front. James Michener had gone out to the carrier ESSEX (CV-9) and had been very impressed with the men of VF-172, a Banshee fighter squadron. The book is astonishingly realistic...if one compares what he wrote as a novel with the contemporary Navy strike reports (which were then highly classified), it is amazing how much he got "right." It is also a good look at carrier aviation in the last days of the "straight-deck" carrier with hydraulic catapults and a paddle-waving landing deck officer...all that disappeared after Korea with the introduction of the angled deck, the steam catapult, and the Fresnel-lens mirror landing system. The book is in my view the finest air war novel ever written, bar none, and the movie is the same for the film genre. Incidentally, when made into a film, Grumman Panthers were used in place of Banshees, and one of the pilots who flew in the making of the film was a very young Lt. j.g. named Alan Shepherd--later one of the Mercury and Apollo astronauts. Not to be missed!!!


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