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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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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:
"It's All A Question Of Bridges" 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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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 his recent memoir Roger Moore was offered the role of Brian Horrocks. He was forced to decline due to a scheduling conflict with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) but became available again when the Bond movie was delayed. However Horrocks had approval over the character and turned Moore down, and the role instead went to Edward Fox.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: General Gavin's (Ryan O'Neal) helmet appears to be a foreign type, not the standard U.S. Model M1 helmet.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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FAQ

Why didn't the allies listen to the Dutch resistance's warnings of German tanks at Arnhem?
What happened afterwards?
If the Allies are so close at the end why don't they just keep going and take the Arnhem bridge?
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80 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
"It's All A Question Of Bridges", 14 February 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

"Quite frankly," observes 'Boy' Browning, "this kind of thing's never been attempted before." But it has. In 1962, "The Longest Day" gave the epic star-studded treatment to the D-Day landings, and here we are, 15 years on, doing the same for the Arnhem debacle. It has to be said, the film looks great. From the gently-tinkling light fittings in the Dutch resistors' home to the beauty of the tank tracks in perspective, this is a gorgeously-photographed movie.

In 1944, the German armies were being pushed back across the Low Countries. The Allies' great strategic problem was the Rhine, the wide river which formed Germany's western border. A daring plan was conceived which would overcome the Rhine obstacle and open the road to Berlin. 'Market Garden', as the plan was codenamed, involved parachuting spearhead units onto the great bridges over the Rhine and securing them for the critical few hours it would take for an armoured column to drive up and relieve them.

It is easy now to point to the flaws in 'Market Garden', but at the time it looked like a daring and viable alternative to slogging it out against the Siegfried Line. No-one had anticipated that the Dutch people would pour out onto the streets in throngs, thinking that they had been liberated, and thus bog down the armour. The intelligence indications of heavily-equipped German units in the zone were ignored because they were inconvenient. Critically, the plan allowed for only one solitary road to be available to the Irish Guards for the all-important northward thrust. The film illustrates very effectively the way in which a plan can develop its own momentum, regardless of the shortcomings which riddle it.

The sequence of the boarding and dropping of the paratroops is a thrilling spectacle, shot on a colossal scale. The German ambush which delays the rolling of the armoured column is another terrific action sequence. Attenborough keeps tight control of a big, complex story, and interlards the large-scale stuff with 'human scale' passages, like James Caan's rescue of his buddy (incidentally, the tracking shot which follows his jeep through the forest is quite remarkable).

The fighting at Nijmegen is brilliantly-filmed. Note how the street on the British side grows increasingly littered with war debris as the battle rages. Robert Redford's assault across the river is a symphony in olive drab, leading to a wonderful moment of exhilaration.

Whether the viewer finds the singing of "Abide With Me" moving or grossly sentimental will depend on personal taste, but the subdued ending is very satisfying. 'Market Garden' may have helped shorten the war and may have achieved most of its immediate objectives, but it has to be seen as a tragic mistake.

The film is slick, professional and very pleasing on the eye. One can't help wondering, however, if this kind of 'tank opera' was worth the effort, given that "The Longest Day" had done it all so splendidly a generation earlier.

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