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The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | December 1954 (USA)
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Valentine Davies (screenplay), James A. Michener (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Lt. Harry Brubaker
Grace Kelly ... Nancy Brubaker
Fredric March ... Rear Adm. George Tarrant
Mickey Rooney ... Mike Forney
Robert Strauss ... Beer Barrel
Charles McGraw ... Cmdr. Wayne Lee
Keiko Awaji ... Kimiko
Earl Holliman ... Nestor Gamidge
Richard Shannon ... Lt. (j.g.) Olds
Willis Bouchey ... Capt. Evans (as Willis B. Bouchey)
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Storyline

It is the Korean War and Lt. Harry Brubaker is a fighter-bomber pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Savo Island. A WW2 veteran and Naval Reserve pilot, he was drafted back into service from civilian life. This makes him quite resentful and cynical about the war. Now he has a dangerous mission to perform, and he is not sure he is up to the task. Written by grantss

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The screen's explosively real drama of love and war! (US 1959 reissue) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

Loosely based on the story of the VF-51 naval aviators, of which astronaut Neil Armstrong was a member. See more »

Goofs

When Brubaker is waiting to land with little fuel left in his tanks he radios "What about the Hornet?" The USS Hornet was never even close to Korea during the entire war. She was in a New York shipyard getting a significant update and reconfiguration. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Wayne Lee: [on photo recon mission] All I want to do is take their picture but look how mad they get.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: With Task Force 77 U.S. Navy Off the coast of Korea November, 1952 See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Jingle Jangle Jingle
Written by Lilley/Loesser
Played in Japan at the bar
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The Few For The Many
15 September 2000 | by jhcluesSee all my reviews

The Korean War is the setting for `The Bridges At Toko-Ri,' a story of individual sacrifice and the high cost of freedom, from director Mark Robson. Navy fighter-pilot Harry Brubaker (William Holden), a veteran of World War II, is called to serve again when the conflict in Korea escalates, which takes him away from his wife, Nancy (Grace Kelly), two young children and a successful law practice. When his plane goes down after a mission, into the sea just short of the carrier, he survives; but he bitterly questions the fairness of what he has been asked to do, while everyone back home is able to go on with the routine of their lives, uninterrupted. Rear Admiral George Tarrant (Fredric March), a man who has had his own share of personal tragedy (he looks upon Brubaker as the son he has lost to the war, himself), tells Brubaker it's a matter of distance; we do this because we're here; back home they're only doing just as you would be doing if you were there. When Brubaker is granted shore leave, strings are pulled, and arrangements are made for Nancy and the children to join him; a brief respite, after which he must return to face his most formidable challenge yet, flying against the bridges that span the canyons at Toko-Ri. Very probably a suicide mission, it is nevertheless believed that knocking out these particular bridges could bring about a turning point in the war, and Lieutenant Brubaker is called upon once again to play a pivotal roll in deciding the outcome. An excellent supporting cast ably brings to life the characters that infuse this drama with humanity. Mickey Rooney is unforgettable as Mike Forney, the fighting, Irish helicopter pilot who fishes Brubaker out of the sea when his plane crashes. Memorable as well are Earl Holliman (Nestor Gamidge, Forney's partner), Robert Strauss (Beer Barrel), Charles McGraw (Commander Wayne Lee), Keiko Awaji (Kimiko) and Willis bouchey (Captain Evans). An excellent precursor to the more recent `Saving Private Ryan,' and `U-571,' `The Bridges At Toko-Ri' is an intimate study of individual courage and responsibility, and of the moral fortitude of which man is capable in times of crisis. There is a finality to the climax of this film that underscores the intense personal aspects of the larger conflict, and of the price demanded by certain individuals chosen to fulfill a seemingly random destiny. At the end of the movie, Admiral Tarrant sums it up succinctly when he ponders aloud: `Where do we get such men?' To which we can only answer: Where, indeed. I rate this one 9/10.


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USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

December 1954 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

USS Kearsarge, Pacific Ocean See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,700,000
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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