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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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The screen's explosively real drama of love and war! (US 1959 reissue)

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The destroyer that Forney and Gamidge are transferred to was the USS Putnam (DD-757). See more »

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When Brubaker is in his jet awaiting takeoff on the carrier, his cockpit is open and he is sitting so high that his head will hit the top of the cockpit when it is closed (noticeable in closeups). As his plane is maneuvered into position to takeoff, his cockpit is still open as his plane sits on the right of flight deck, both closeups and far shots show. However, another plane takes off and it is focused upon by the camera. See more »

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Cmdr. Wayne Lee: [on photo recon mission] All I want to do is take their picture but look how mad they get.
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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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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #5.36 (1955) See more »

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A meritorious tribute to the heroism of the Jet-Bomber pilots...

The mission is clear and straight: to destroy completely the vital Korean bridges at Toko-Ri in order to frustrate enemy actions...

The film is a competent work and meritorious tribute to the heroism of the Jet-Bomber pilots (William Holden and Charles McGraw) and the extreme courage of the helicopter rescue service (Mickey Rooney and Earl Holliman).

'Where do we get such men,' affirms Rear Admiral George Tarran from the bridge of the aircraft carrier, and he was right!

The film exposes a close observation of the men's minds, their attitudes, their families, the tragedy of war, and the fascinating danger of the Jet-Bombers take-off and landing...

Charles G. Clarke's aerial photography in color of the Jet planes is simply spectacular...

Fredric March as the Admiral is staunch and human, and William Holden perfect as the American soldier fighting man... Grace Kelly flourished with her beauty the splendor of the picture...

Based on James E. Michener's novel, this ambitious action thriller is a cut above the usual war tragedy with impressive statements to make about war, death and politics...


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