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A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  15 June 1977 (USA)
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A historical telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges on a road to Germany in World War II, in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden.

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Siem Vroom ...
Marlies van Alcmaer ...
Underground Leader's Wife (as Marlies Van Alcmaer)
Erik van 't Wout ...
Underground Leader's Son (as Eric Van't Wout)
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Hans von Borsody ...
General Blumentritt (as Hans Von Borsody)
Josephine Peeper ...
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It is near the end of WWII. The Germans have lost most of France, and the Allied forces decide to give them the final hit. They plan to drop thousands of paratroopers in Holland and keep a few key positions there, until reenforcements arrive. The most important spot is the bridge of Arnhem; once it's captured, it can block everything west of Germany Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

15 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Brücke von Arnheim  »

Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$50,800,000 (USA)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Robert Redford received a reported $2m for a total of two weeks work on this production. See more »

Goofs

The parachutes used by the troopers are equipped with anti-inversion nets. They are around the skirt of the canopy to prevent partial malfunctions. The nets were not developed until the mid 1970s, shortly before the movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

[after the fighting is over, Bittrich rides in to meet the English captives. He sees Frost, who is sitting on the ground with a leg injury. He offers a bar of chocolate and says something in German]
Bittrich's Aide: My general says, please take it. It's very good chocolate. Your planes dropped it to us yesterday.
[Frost waits a few moments, then takes the chocolate]
Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich: English?
[Frost nods]
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3rd Movement
(from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV. 1051) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Information about Operation Market Garden.
22 September 2004 | by (Arnhem) – See all my reviews

Last week, September 13 to 19, 2004, Operation Market Garden happened exactly 60 years ago. It was maybe the last remembrance of Operation Market Garden with a sizable number of veterans present from as far afield as Australia, the USA, Britain, and Poland. It was VERY impressive to see them marching or driving over the John Frost Bridge in the centre of Arnhem, where the battle had its climax. The veterans I talked to told me they really enjoyed the warmth with which they were received, by both the young and old Dutch people. Many were moved emotionally.. and many visit the remembrance annually, as far as their health permits (they are all in their 80s of course).

Other memorable events were the air droppings on the Ginkelse Heide (heath), and the ceremony at the military cemetery at Oosterbeek, attended by the Queen of Holland and the Prince of Wales.

For those who are interested, here are some good websites with info on the battle:

http://www.marketgarden.com

http://members.lycos.nl/marketgarden44

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/battle_arnhem_01.shtml

http://www.rememberseptember44.com

Hope someone found this useful. Hans, from Holland.


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