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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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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
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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None of the tanks shown in the movie are real. Since the German army still did not have any tanks in 1959, Bernhard Wicki had to have wooden models constructed, they were then placed on top of a truck chassis. The wheels can clearly been seen under the "tank" body. See more »

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The action takes place within a couple of days in the late spring of 1945 as the US forces were moving through Bavaria. However, the trees clearly show their late Autumn remaining foliage, instead of spring buds and new leaves. See more »

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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.


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