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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) See more »

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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 »

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At the very beginning of the movie, an announcement is made that 2 flights will land in 10 minutes. A view of the landing area of the ship is shown full of aircraft. I know those sailors are fast but not fast enough to move all those aircraft in 10 minutes. See more »

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Lt. Harry Brubaker: I'm a lawyer from Denver, Colorado.
Mike Forney: Judas, how'd you wind up in a smelly ditch in Korea?
Lt. Harry Brubaker: I was just asking myself that same question.
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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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Remarkable movie with touching Hollywood ending
15 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Very little is deviated from the actual facts of the story, but it is still best viewed as fiction with historical accuracy about a man who is not a warrior doing the warrior bit in the Korean War. By this time, William Holden should know better than to get close to bridges, but some people you just can't teach, can you> Like most of him movies, Holden plays a very likable character. He doesn't fit the role of warrior, but his job is to fly planes into enemy territory. Mickey Rooney and Earl Holliman must rescue downed pilots. All three become close, and we soon realize that the finale will have a daring rescue. How will it turn out? There is much drama, suspense, and slice of life, to show us who these people are. The end is one of the best, in which men are actually shown dying smothered in mud, with no warning, no big prologue, they are there, and then suddenly, they are casualties of war, with no where to turn. While the Kwai is a great and touching film, this one may be just a hair better. And that is no small task. Very emotional, and very credible.


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