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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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Drama | Romance | War

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Les ponts de Toko-Ri  »

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The Japanese resort hotel that appears in the film is modeled on the Fujiya Hotel, located in the village of Miyanoshita near Mount Fuji. This famous hotel was actually commissioned by the U.S. Army as a "rest and relaxation" hotel for American soldiers for several years after World War II, and possibly up to the Korean War. The exterior shots of the hotel are real, but the lobby scenes appear to be studio replicas of the original lobby. See more »

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While over enemy territory during the photo recon and then the strike missions, the pilots talk a great deal over the radio about their location, preparations to attack and even their intentions to return to base... i.e. "air attack concluded". Now, while it's necessary for the movie plot to have these conversations between the characters while in danger, combat pilots in those days NEVER spoke like that while "feet dry" over enemy territory: the enemy would be listening and taking down every transmission while triangulating their position. There were no encrypted radios aboard aircraft like they have now. See more »

Quotes

Mike Forney: [to Lt.Brubaker as he's about to be assigned to another ship] What's the matter, sir? You look a little edgy. You know what I used to do? Go up to the forward edge of the flight deck and let the spray hit me right in the kisser. Works every time.
[shouting as he is hoisted away]
Mike Forney: You should try it, Lieutenant!
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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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