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Writers:
Cornelius Ryan (book)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Out of the sky comes the screen's most incredible spectacle of men and war!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Last Great War Film Before "Ryan" See more (195 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Siem Vroom ... Underground Leader
Marlies van Alcmaer ... Underground Leader's Wife (as Marlies Van Alcmaer)
Erik van 't Wout ... Underground Leader's Son (as Eric Van't Wout)

Wolfgang Preiss ... Field Marshal Von Rundstedt
Hans von Borsody ... General Blumentritt (as Hans Von Borsody)
Josephine Peeper ... Cafe Waitress

Dirk Bogarde ... Lieutenant General Browning
Paul Maxwell ... Major General Maxwell Taylor

Sean Connery ... Major General Urquhart

Ryan O'Neal ... Brigadier General Gavin

Gene Hackman ... Major General Sosabowski
Walter Kohut ... Field Marshal Model
Peter Faber ... Captain 'Harry' Bestebreurtje

Hartmut Becker ... German Sentry
Frank Grimes ... Major Fuller

Jeremy Kemp ... R.A.F. Briefing Officer
Donald Pickering ... Lieutenant Colonel Mackenzie
Donald Douglas ... Brigadier Lathbury

Peter Settelen ... Lieutenant Cole
Stephen Moore ... Major Steele

Edward Fox ... Lieutenant General Horrocks

Michael Caine ... Lieutenant Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur

Michael Byrne ... Lieutenant Colonel Giles Vandeleur

Anthony Hopkins ... Lieutenant Colonel Frost

Paul Copley ... Private Wicks

Nicholas Campbell ... Captain Glass

James Caan ... Staff Sergeant Dohun
Gerald Sim ... Colonel Sims
Harry Ditson ... U.S. Private
Erik Chitty ... Organist
Brian Hawksley ... Vicar
Colin Farrell ... Corporal Hancock
Christopher Good ... Major Carlyle
Norman Gregory ... Private Morgan

Alun Armstrong ... Corporal Davies
Anthony Milner ... Private Dodds
Barry McCarthy ... Private Clark
Lex van Delden ... Sergeant Matthias (as Lex Van Delden)

Maximilian Schell ... Lieutenant General Bittrich
Michael Wolf ... Field Marshal Model's Aide

Hardy Krüger ... Major General Ludwig (as Hardy Kruger)
Sean Mathias ... Irish Guards Lieutenant
Tim Beekman ... German Private
Edward Seckerson ... British Padre

Liv Ullmann ... Kate Ter Horst
Tom van Beek ... Jan Ter Horst (as Tom Van Beek)
Bertus Botterman ... Dutch Villager
Henny Alma ... Dutch Villager

Elliott Gould ... Colonel Stout
Ray Jewers ... U.S. Radio Operator
Geoffrey Hinsliff ... British Wireless Operator
Keith Drinkel ... Lieutenant Cornish
Mary Smithuysen ... Old Dutch Lady
Hans Croiset ... Hans, Her Son
Fred Williams ... Captain Grabner
John Peel ... German Lieutenant
John Judd ... Sergeant Clegg

Ben Cross ... Trooper Binns
Hilary Minster ... British Medical Officer
David English ... Private Andrews
Ben Howard ... Sergeant Towns
Michael Graham Cox ... Captain Cleminson
Johan te Slaa ... Elderly Dutch Couple (as Johan Te Slaa)
Georgette Reyevski ... Elderly Dutch Couple
Pieter Groenier ... Young Dutch Couple
Adrienne Kleiweg ... Young Dutch Couple

Denholm Elliott ... R.A.F. Met. Officer
Peter Gordon ... U.S. Sergeant
Arthur Hill ... U.S. Medical Colonel

Garrick Hagon ... Lieutenant Rafferty
Brian Gwaspari ... U.S. Engineer
Stephen Rayment ... Grenadier Guards Lieutenant
Timothy Morand ... British Corporal (as Tim Morand)
James Wardroper ... Private Gibbs
Neil Kennedy ... Colonel Barker
John Salthouse ... Private 'Ginger' Marsh
Jonathan Hackett ... Glider Pilot
Stanley Lebor ... Regimental Sergeant Major
Jack Galloway ... Private Vincent
Milton Cadman ... Private Long
David Auker ... 'Taffy' Brace

Laurence Olivier ... Doctor Spaander
Richard Kane ... Colonel Weaver
Toby Salaman ... Private Stephenson
Michael Bangerter ... British Staff Colonel
Philip Raymond ... Grenadier Guards Colonel
Myles Reithermann ... Boat Truck Driver

Robert Redford ... Major Cook
Anthony Pullen Shaw ... U.S. Captain (as Anthony Pullen)
John Morton ... U.S. Padre

John Ratzenberger ... U.S. Lieutenant
Patrick Ryecart ... German Lieutenant
Dick Rienstra ... Captain Krafft
Ian Liston ... Sergeant Whitney
Paul Rattee ... Private Gordon
Mark Sheridan ... Sergeant Tomblin
George Innes ... Sergeant Macdonald
John Stride ... Grenadier Guards Major
Niall Padden ... British Medical Orderly
Michael Graves ... British Medical Orderly

Simon Chandler ... Private Simmonds
Edward Kalinski ... Private Archer
Shaun Curry ... Corporal Robbins
Sebastian Abineri ... Sergeant Treadwell
Chris Williams ... Corporal Merrick (as Christopher Williams)
Andrew Branch ... Flute Player
Anthony Garner ... British Staff Major
Feliks Arons ... Dutch Priest
Stuart Blake ... Soldier
Ray Boyd ... Soldier
Stephen Churchett ... Soldier
Jon Croft ... Soldier
Patrick Dickson ... Soldier
Adrian Gibbs ... Soldier
Jason Gregory ... Soldier
Stewart Guidotti ... Soldier
Patrick Hannaway ... Soldier
Brian Haughton ... Soldier
Anthony Howden ... Soldier
Frank Jarvis ... Colonel Frost's Aide
David Killick ... Soldier
Dan Long ... Soldier
Gerald Martin ... Soldier
Edward McDermott ... Soldier
Tony McHale ... Soldier
Jack McKenzie ... Soldier
Francis Mughan ... Soldier
Richard Ommanney ... Soldier (as Richard Ommaney)
Peter Quince ... Soldier
Robin Scobey ... Soldier
Farrell Sheridan ... Soldier
James Snell ... Soldier
Michael Stock ... Soldier
David Stockton ... Soldier
Paul Vaughan-Teague ... Soldier

Jason White ... Soldier
Mark York ... Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Attenborough ... Lunatic Wearing Glasses (uncredited)
Omar N. Bradley ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Careless ... British Paratrooper (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself - In Car with Churchill (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gerard Franken ... Soldier (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Salutes Parade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alfred Jodl ... Himself - Beside Hitler (archive footage) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Trafford Leigh-Mallory ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bernard L. Montgomery ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)
George S. Patton ... Himself - Shakes Hands (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bertram Ramsay ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)
Erwin Rommel ... Himself - Below Hitler (archive footage) (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Bedell Smith ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arthur Tedder ... Himself - Plans for D-Day (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
 
Writing credits
Cornelius Ryan (book)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph E. Levine .... producer
Richard P. Levine .... producer
John Palmer .... associate producer
Michael Stanley-Evans .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
 
Art Direction by
Stuart Craig 
Roy Stannard 
Alan Tomkins 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Ronnie Cogan .... chief hairdresser
Tom Smith .... makeup supervisor
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nick Maley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dickie Bamber .... production manager: second unit (as Richard Bamber)
Terence A. Clegg .... production manager
Grania O'Shannon .... unit manager
Eric Rattray .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director: second unit
Roy Button .... assistant director
Sidney Hayers .... second unit director
Steve Lanning .... assistant director
Geoffrey Ryan .... assistant director
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
Peter Waller .... assistant director
Andy Armstrong .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Peter Howitt .... set dresser
John Lanzer .... production buyer
Jack Towns .... property master
Michael White .... sketch artist
Chris Seddon .... drapesman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Robin O'Donoghue .... dubbing mixer
David Stephenson .... sound boom operator
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
John Richardson .... special effects supervisor
Ron Cartwright .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Evans .... special effects technician (uncredited)
George Gibbs .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
David Harris .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ian Wingrove .... supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... optical effects
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... assistant stunt arranger
Alf Joint .... stunt arranger
Roy Alon .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Amsler .... stunts (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Dickey Beer .... stunts (uncredited)
Marc Boyle .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Stuart Fell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Gregory Hodal .... stunt double: Ryan O'Neal (uncredited)
Gregory Hodal .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Horrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Stuart .... stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Turk .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Weissenman .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunt double: Robert Redford (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunt double: Ryan O'Neal (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Jason White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Barron .... clapper loader
Frank Batt .... camera grip
Robin Browne .... aerial photography
Wally Byatt .... camera operator: second unit
John Campbell .... camera assistant
John Cardiff .... second aerial camera operator
Nobby Clark .... chief rigger (as Nobby Clarke)
Ken Coles .... second camera operator
Jack Conroy .... electrical supervisor
Louis H. Lavelly .... camera operator: second unit (as Lou Lavelly)
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator
John Partington-Smith .... parachute cameraman
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Dave Waterman .... parachute cameraman
Harry Waxman .... lighting cameraman: second unit
Frank Connor .... set photographer: second unit (uncredited)
John Fenner .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Geoff Glover .... additional photography (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hilling .... wardrobe master
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Brian Mann .... assistant editor
Chris Blunden .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Charles Mann .... military vehicle co-ordinator
 
Other crew
Bill Aylmore .... armourer
Joe Caroff .... title design
Sheila Collins .... production assistant
John Frost .... military consultant (as Major General J.D. Frost C.B. D.S.O. M.C.)
James M. Gavin .... military consultant (as General James M. Gavin U.S.A.)
Frank A. Gregg .... military advisor (as Colonel Frank A. Gregg U.S.A.)
Brian Horrocks .... military consultant (as Lieutenant General Sir Brian Horrocks K.C.B. K.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.)
Judy Humphreys .... production assistant
Gabriel Katzka .... production consultant
Norton Knatchbull .... location manager
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Loretta Ordewer .... production assistant
Kathryn Morgan Ryan .... chief technical advisor
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant
R.E. Urquhart .... military consultant (as Major General R.E. Urquhart C.B. D.S.O.)
Cornelius Van Eijk .... dutch liaison
J.O.E. Vandeleur .... military consultant (as Brigadier J.O.E. Vandeleur D.S.O.)
Dena Vincent .... production assistant
J.L. Waddy .... military advisor (as Colonel J.L. Waddy O.B.E.)
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Matthew Binns .... production runner (uncredited)
Brian L. Davis .... military advisor (uncredited)
Michael Turk .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
175 min | Finland:158 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (colour) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1993) (1994) (2000) (2003) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (cut)

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Trivia:
According to the DVD edition, the real-life Col. John Frost chided Anthony Hopkins during the filming for running from house to house during the battle for Arnhem. According to Hopkins, Frost told him that a British officer would never have run but would have shown disdain for enemy fire by walking from place to place. Hopkins claims he tried but as soon as the firing started, instincts took over and he ran as fast as he could.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During the arrival of Allied troops in Eindhoven, some members of the cheering crowd can be seen waving miniature 50-star American flags.See more »
Quotes:
[First lines]
[film opens with montage footage of a World War II era bomber dropping ordinances. Suddenly, the footage freezes, and we hear a woman speaking]
Kate Ter Horst:It's hard to remember now, but Europe was like this in 1944.
[the video resumes, showing footage of the fighting while the narrator continues on with the introduction]
Kate Ter Horst:The Second World War was in its fifth year and still going Hitler's way. German troops controlled most of Europe. D-Day changed all that.
[the archive footage cuts to the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Paris]
Kate Ter Horst:D-Day, June 6, 1944, when the Allied forces, under their commander, General Eisenhower, landed on the northern coast of France. By July, they were able to begin their own offensive. By August, Paris was liberated. Everywhere the Germans retreated.
[we then see archive footage showing the Allied advance through northern France]
Kate Ter Horst:But with the Allied victories came problems. Supplies still had to be driven from Normandy, over 400 miles away, and became dangerously short. The Allied advance began to come to a halt.
[the archive footage then goes to video of General Eisenhower, General Patton, and Field Marshal Montgomery]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far (1997) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What happens to Dennis, the officer General Urqhart sends to take over command of the airborne brigade?
Whose fault was the failure?
Does that dreadful road still exist?
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57 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Last Great War Film Before "Ryan", 7 November 2004
Author: Raymond So (raymond.so@utoronto.ca) from Toronto, Cannada

A Bridge Too Far was the last of a long line of the "General's" war-films that came out of Hollywood since WWII. Afterwards, the production for these films wavered, probably because of the fact that A Bridge Too Far did not fare so well in the box office.

One of the main reasons A Bridge Too Far did not succeed as it might have was because of the American audience. The film was a) targeted towards a British audience and b) made very soon after the end of America's involvement in Vietnam. The combination of time and subject killed the film. But anyone can tell you that every time this film is shown on a TV broadcast, the ratings are quite high.

The film itself, contrary to what many would claim, IS NOT another glorification of American heroism. While there is a certain American involvement which is rightly due, the film is very much centered on the Brits at Arnhem. Afterall, they were the ones that got massacred, right? Adding to that, the initial setup of the operation (which the film took surprisingly long to cover, and probably killed off the interest of the average movie-goer/critic) was almost solely concerned with the British planning, with one or two references to the American G.I. (I guess they had to put in those mini-episodes of American servicemen to attract the American viewing public).

But enough about the bad side of the film, now onto the amazing part:

This is the first film I have seen from that generation to create a realistic picture of what the setting was like (down to the very streets and houses of Holland, which, for comparison, The Battle of the Bulge managed to get ALL wrong --- as a sidenote: if you have seen the aforementioned film, have you noticed how during the climatic battle, tanks drove across a DESERT? The battle took place in January during the WORST winter storm of Europe in Belgium... and how they managed to convince the public that if a tank is painted with an iron cross, even though it's an American M48 main battle tank built in the late 50's, that it must be a German Tiger tank... sorry for the rambling). I am most impressed by the Arnhem bridge itself (sadly, they dedicated much too short a sequence of cheering soldiers to the bridge at Grave, which is probably one of the greatest Allied success EVER for a bridge assault, up there with Remagen and Pegasus), which is shot on location with probably the most accurate feel of just how desperate the situation was (and none of Private Ryan's heroism/John Wayne-invincibility either).

Characters are excellently portrayed, although how they really acted historically might be somewhat different. Camera-work was phenomenal, given the difficulty of shooting on scene (they couldn't close down the Arnhem Bridge for extended periods of time, one must realize). The most dramatic sequence was probably the launch of the planes and the subsequent breakout by XXX Corps, which to this day remains my favourite battle sequence in any movie (yes, even when compared with the Omaha scene from Saving Private Ryan).

Like the movie, my review has become unnecessarily long. But to conclude, this film deserves a good watch, or maybe even a couple of viewings, for any serious history/war-film lover or those who just want to learn more about those who have sacraficed so much for us. 9/10.

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