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The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

M  -  Action | Drama | War  -  23 October 1969 (Sweden)
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As the Allied armies close in, the Nazis decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen?

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Lieutenant Phil Hartman
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Maj. Paul Kreuger
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Sgt. Angelo
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Major Barnes
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Brig. Gen. Shinner (as E. G. Marshall)
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Gen. Von Brock (as Peter Van Eyck)
Hans Christian Blech ...
Capt. Carl Schmidt
Heinz Reincke ...
Holzgang
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Capt. Otto Baumann
Sonja Ziemann ...
Greta Holzgang
Anna Gaël ...
French Girl (as Anna Gael)
Vít Olmer ...
Lt. Zimring (as Vit Olmer)
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Corp. Grebs
Robert Logan ...
Pvt. Bissell
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Corp. Jellicoe
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In the last days of World War II, the Allied Army desperatly searched for a bridgehead across the impenetrable Rhein River, in order to launch a major assault into the center of Germany. "Bridge at Remagen" tells the true story of the battle for this last bridgehead, from both the German and American perspective. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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The Germans forged one little bridge. Sixty-one days later they lost the war See more »

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El puente de Remagen  »

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At a cost of $250,000, the movie company, United Artists, blasted a tunnel on the east side of the river Vltava in the town of Davle, Czech Republic. See more »

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All of the American hand grenades are painted a solid olive drab color. Real grenades also had a narrow yellow band around the upper (fuse) section to denote that they were live fragmentation grenades, as opposed to practice types. See more »

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Gen. Von Sturmer: Why? How could it happen? Another hundred meters and the Americans would have captured the Ober Kassel Bridge.
Gen. von Brock: It was the only escape route for our units in that sector.
Gen. Von Sturmer: Escape route? No. A highway for the American army into the heart of Germany! In any case, the Führer has determined you shall not take such a risk again.
Gen. von Brock: Not very likely: there's only one bridge left.
Gen. Von Sturmer: And already it is threatened by the American forces. One breakthrough, a few hours, and this too can be lost. General von Brock,...
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Intelligent War Movie
21 May 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie in the late 1970s and liked it a lot and still watch it every time it's broadcast not infrequently on television . I was very disappointed that it didn't make the recent list of Channel 4 's 100 GREATEST WAR MOVIES list

What I like about THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN is its cynical edge . You see in these type of movies the Yanks are invincible knights in shining armour while the Jerries are invariably goose stepping Nazi dumbkopfs and while there is an element to Uncle Sam winning the war single handed it's nowhere enough to drag the movie into mediocrity . When I say " cynical " the screenplay is very even handed - The Americans loot from the bodies of the dead and come close to fragging a senior officer at one point while German civilians bleat that they're not Nazis seconds after taking down prized portraits of Adolph Hitler

Of course much of the cynicism is helped because of the period setting . It's only a few weeks from the final end of the war in Europe and everyone knows what the outcome of the war is going to be but everyone still kills and dies regardless . There is something more poignant about this than say the battle of Stalingrad in 1942 or D Day in 1944 hence the obvious war weariness from the Americans . It's different for the Germans who are fighting the enemy in their own borders . It should also be pointed out that in reality they know the Nazi death camps have been found and someone will be paying a heavy price for these crimes against humanity hence the Germans are in no hurry to surrender

Being made in 1969 I wonder if the war in Vietnam was at the back of the producers minds ? The one major German character Kreuger is portrayed as just a soldier protecting his homeland while we see scenes of American bombers dropping ordnance on innocent civilians that include young children and woman in their eighties . Maybe it's just another example of cynicism ? but one things for sure - You won't be seeing something like this coming out of a Hollywood studio today

If you like war movies you'll like THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN a lot . It's intelligent , cynical and contains a really great score from Elmer Bernstien


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