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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Hans von Borsody ...
General Blumentritt (as Hans Von Borsody)
Josephine Peeper ...
Cafe Waitress
Paul Maxwell ...
Walter Kohut ...
Peter Faber ...
Frank Grimes ...


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 <>

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Out of the sky comes the screen's most incredible spectacle of men and war!


Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

15 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Brücke von Arnheim  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)


$50,800,000 (USA)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)


(archive footage)| (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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As real Waffen-SS reversible camouflage smocks were unavailable, smocks used in the movie were tailored from post-war German shelter halves in the 'Amoeba' camouflage pattern. See more »


When the British tanks begin advancing onto Nijmegen bridge, there is one shot of a Leopard tank intended to be a Panther - obviously taken from earlier in the film. See more »


U.S. medical colonel: You scared the shit out of me, you stupid bastard.
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: You did a fine job yourself, sir, if it makes you feel any better.
U.S. medical colonel: You're goddamn right it does.
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Referenced in Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002) See more »


3rd Movement
(from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV. 1051) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A great war (and anti-war) movie
4 July 2004 | by (Victoria, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of hyperbole but this may be one of the greatest war movies ever made. It works on a number of levels. While being historically accurate it shows individual and group heroism without glorifying war. The players, German and Allied, are presented as human beings caught up in something bigger than themselves. No attempt is made at "jingoism" or gratuitous flag waving. It seemed to me to be refreshing free of moralistic or political statements. It simply let what happened speak for itself. For a history buff like myself it spoke volumes.

The movie is flawless. As mentioned above, it is surprisingly accurate. As one would expect from the cast, acting is first rate. Not a single scene is wasted.

This is a "must see" movie for anyone who appreciates movie making.

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