7.8/10
5,563
47 user 25 critic

The Bridge (1959)

Die Brücke (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 May 1961 (USA)
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Die Brücke (TV Movie 2008)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In this TV remake of the classic German war film, 16-year-old Walter and his friends are recruited to help defend a bridge near their town. What begins as a minor op becomes a life or death... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Panzer
Stars: François Goeske, Franka Potente, Lars Steinhöfel
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the winter of 1943, against the background of battle scenes, a young German Lieutenant who increasingly distrusts the inhuman Nazi ideology struggles with the concept of war.

Director: Frank Wisbar
Stars: Joachim Hansen, Wilhelm Borchert, Wolfgang Preiss
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Biographic Movie of the German fighter ace, who was killed in a plane crash after over 150 kills in North Africa.

Director: Alfred Weidenmann
Stars: Joachim Hansen, Marianne Koch, Hansjörg Felmy
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Marianne Koch, Viktor de Kowa
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth
Die Brücke (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Gerrit Beduhn
Stars: Altamasch Noor, Larissa Strepp, Kirsten Nehberg
Stalingrad (1993)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier
Stars: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Sebastian Rudolph
Cross of Iron (1977)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason
Die Brücke (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Arthur Pohl
Stars: Karl Hellmer, Fritz Wagner, Arno Paulsen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They look for love in a world of violence!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bridge  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is set in Cham, in Bavaria, Germany. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the best war films ever!!!
24 November 2003 | by (Amsoldingen, CH) – See all my reviews

I've just managed to get this movie on DVD and watched it. After that, I just sat there and couldn't get up. I wasn't really shocked by the violence (it's all in black-white and there are films who have a lot more violence) but by the conclusion of the film, the meaningless of the fight of these teenage boys. They were just boys, dreaming to be heroes and now they had to face the bloody reality of WWII. One after another of them dies while they are defending this bridge only to learn at the end that their fight was meaningless, because the command has all the time planned to let the brigde explode instead of defending it. This is probably one of the best anti-war films ever made. It really shows the meaningless of war. It is also very interesting because it shows the other side, the side of the Germans. I think, sometimes we only see the side of the winners and forget that also the Germans were just humans (in this case just children). Perhaps this is also a reason why I like this film, only "Das Boot" shows also in a very good way the german side. I recommend for everyone to watch this film.


36 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
did Spielberg steal ideas from this movie? docvulcan
The kids were too well trained german-padinger
which version should I watch? rockero2
die Brücke VardUlf
US users' ratings Giniristi
there are 2 die brucke 1949\59 cben60
Discuss The Bridge (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?