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The Bridge (1959)
"Die Brücke" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  1 May 1961 (USA)
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In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

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Folker Bohnet ...
Hans Scholten
Fritz Wepper ...
Albert Mutz
Michael Hinz ...
Walter Forst
Frank Glaubrecht ...
Jurgen Borchert
Karl Michael Balzer ...
Karl Horber
Volker Lechtenbrink ...
Klaus Hager
Günther Hoffmann ...
Sigi Bernhard
Cordula Trantow ...
Franziska
Wolfgang Stumpf ...
Stern
Günter Pfitzmann ...
Heilmann
Heinz Spitzner ...
Fröhlich
Siegfried Schürenberg ...
Lt. Colonel
Ruth Hausmeister ...
Mrs. Mutz
Eva Vaitl ...
Mrs. Borchert
Edith Schultze-Westrum ...
Mother Bernhard
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A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge. Written by Miranda Callahan

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They look for love in a world of violence!

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The bridge was called Florian-Geyer-Brücke. It was torn down in 1994 and replaced by a new one. There now are several plaques with film scenes there as a reminder of this movie. See more »

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The wheels can clearly been seen under the "tank" body. See more »

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Deserves a 11 instead a 10.
7 January 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

In my opinion is the best war film I've ever seen. The story is one o the best examples of the nonsense and madness of war. Seems incredible that this movie has been done by Germany and released after 14 years since the end of the war. You can see a traumatic passage from childhood to maturity in the principal characters. The film is from the late fifties so there is no big special effects like "saving private Ryan". Also, the movie is not showing a major and historical battle, with a lot of soldiers and tanks fighting between explosions. In fact,the war scenes can be seen only in the last half hour. The final scene on the bridge is one of the most disturbing scenes of war films.


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