Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation. Written by
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According to several German veterans, Maj. Werner Pluskat was not at his command bunker in Omaha Beach when the first wave of the invasion forces landed, as depicted in this film. He was in a bordello in Caen. See more »
David Campbell (Richard Burton) is referred to in the explanatory text as "Flight Officer". He is actually wearing the shoulder rank insignia of Flying Officer, a low-ranking officer in the RAF, equivalent to Lieutenant in the British Army. The rank of Flight Officer existed only in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and was equivalent to the RAF rank of Flight Lieutenant. However, Campbell is correctly referred to as "Flying Officer" in the credits. See more »
[a coded message to the Resistance, spoken in French]
Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor.
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There is a 20-second overture on a black screen, no 20th Century Fox logo (in spite of this being one of their most expensive productions), and a six-minute cold open before the title is displayed. Apart from the title, there are no credits at the beginning of the film. All cast and crew credits are at the end of the film. See more »
Invariably compared with "Saving Private Ryan" (SPR), this scores over the more modern work because of the focus on all the major sides of the action (British, American, French and German).
All languages are used (with subtitles as appropriate - eg the Germans speak in German, etc).
While true that the battle scenes are not gory as SPR's, and that the sounds of battle are muted during the dialog (unlike SPR's), it should be borne in mind that in '62, the audience rating of the time *was* a General Release ("G" in the US, "A" in the UK (I'm guessing for the UK, but it is now PG)) - which more detail would not have allowed.
I think part of the purpose of this film is to allow *everyone* to see what happened 18 years before!
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