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Valentine Davies (screenplay)
James A. Michener (novel)
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December 1954 (USA) See more »
The screen's explosively real drama of love and war! (US 1959 reissue) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Lt. Harry Brubaker

Grace Kelly ... Nancy Brubaker

Fredric March ... Rear Adm. George Tarrant

Mickey Rooney ... Mike Forney

Robert Strauss ... Beer Barrel

Charles McGraw ... Cmdr. Wayne Lee
Keiko Awaji ... Kimiko

Earl Holliman ... Nestor Gamidge
Richard Shannon ... Lt. (j.g.) Olds

Willis Bouchey ... Capt. Evans (as Willis B. Bouchey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Aldrich ... Pilot (uncredited)

Corey Allen ... Enlisted Man (uncredited)
Bill Ash ... Spotter (uncredited)
Nadine Ashdown ... Cathy Brubaker (uncredited)
Marshall U. Beebe ... Pilot (uncredited)

Ray Boyle ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Cheryl Callaway ... Susie Brubaker (uncredited)
Steven Clark ... Pilot (uncredited)
James Connell ... Assistant L.S.O. (uncredited)
Jim Cronin ... Talker (uncredited)
Gene Hardy ... Chief Petty Officer Second Class (uncredited)
James Hyland ... Officer of the Day (uncredited)
James Jenkins ... Assistant C.I.C. Officer (uncredited)

Dickie Jones ... Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Kenaston ... Pilot (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... Bartender (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Capt. Parker (uncredited)
Burt Metcalfe ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Officer Seated at Club (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Dick Morris ... Pilot (uncredited)
Leo Needham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Roger Pace ... Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Raymond ... Spotter (uncredited)
Gene Reynolds ... C.I.C. Officer (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Quartermaster (uncredited)
Robert A. Sherry ... Flight Surgeon (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Japanese Father (uncredited)

Charles Tannen ... Military Police Major (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Dennis Weaver ... Air Intelligence Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Writing credits
Valentine Davies (screenplay)

James A. Michener (novel)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
George Seaton .... producer
Original Music by
Lyn Murray (music score)
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
William Mull .... production manager (uncredited)
Charles Woolstenhulme .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director
Richard Caffey .... second assistant director (uncredited)
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bud Fehlman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley .... process photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Paul K. Lerpae .... optical cinematography (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... aerial photography
W. Wallace Kelley .... second unit photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Tom Tutwiler .... second unit photography (as Thomas Tutwiler)
Charles G. Clarke .... additional photography (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Murray Young .... key grip (uncredited)
Other crew
Marshall U. Beebe .... technical advisor (as Commander Marshall U. Beebe U.S.N.)
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant to the producers
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Frank Coghlan Jr. .... naval liaison (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17070) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

One of the large F9F Panther jet airplane models used in the film's bridge attack sequences was housed, in the mid-1990s at The Studios of Las Colinas in Irving, TX, a film and television studio that also contained items of movie memorabilia.See more »
Factual errors: The aircraft carrier on which most of the action takes place is referenced as the "Savo Island" in this movie as well as the book upon which it is based. However, in reality the aircraft carrier USS Savo Island CVE-78 was a much smaller ship, a Casablanca-class escort carrier, too small to be appropriate for an admiral to use as a flagship. Plus, Savo Island was decommissioned shortly after World War Two, several years before the story takes place. Instead the actual ship used in the movie is USS Oriskany CV-34, an Essex-class fleet carrier which really did participate in the Korean conflict. Several scenes clearly show her ship number "34" on the flight deck.See more »
[Nestor has just been killed by North Korean troops]
Mike Forney:Poor Nestor. They were going to give him a medal, too.
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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Ted Williams must have appreciated this film, 27 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The famous Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer, Ted Williams, must have had a grimly ironic appreciation of The Bridges at Toko-Ri when this film came out. After serving in the Marines in World War II, Williams was called back to the Marines for the Korean War and for the better part of two years flew the jets that you see Bill Holden flying here in the Navy.

Just as the Korean War interrupted one of the best baseball careers of the last century in real life, in this film William Holden is recalled from a thriving law practice in Denver, Colorado, not to mention from his lovely wife Grace Kelly and their two children. He flies carrier based jets bombing targets in the Korean War wondering like Ted Williams what he did in life to get called for two wars.

A few years earlier Warner Brothers did a fine film called Task Force which depicted the history of naval aviation through the eyes of its protagonist, Gary Cooper. The history went as far as the end of World War II and we were still flying propeller planes.

Maybe today's viewer can identify with a film like Top Gun where the skills are now a learned routine. But the Korean War was the first fought with jet aircraft and pilots had to really learn and develop new skills to take off and land on an aircraft at supersonic speed. Everyone, even the Russians, were all new at this in 1950 when the Korean War started.

Some critics have said Grace Kelly was wasted in this part, basically doing a role June Allyson perfected. Actually if you pay close attention, she's not terribly different from her role as housewife and mother in The Country Girl where she got her Oscar. She's just married to someone different is all. She has a very effective scene with her husband's commander Admiral Fredric March when she flies to Japan to be with Holden, taking along their two children.

My favorite in this film however is Mickey Rooney. He plays a helicopter rescue pilot and we first meet him and his co-pilot Earl Holliman rescuing Holden from the deep blue sea. Rooney is an irreverent sort, on duty with a green scarf and green top hat, looking like one of the little craitures from Ireland. Quick to brawl, but a real friend when you need one, I love his philosophy that you can say anything to officers as long as you put a sir on the end of it. There weren't going to be too many promotions in his future.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri is filled with a lot of Cold War nostrums and dated in that respect for today's audience. But it is a great tribute to those jet pilots, the crews that supported them, and the families that loved them, trying out those new skills in a brand new kind of war.

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