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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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Cast

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 Keiko Awaji ... Kimiko
Earl Holliman ... Nestor Gamidge
Richard Shannon 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les ponts de Toko-Ri See more »

Filming Locations:

USS Kearsarge, Pacific Ocean See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,700,000, 31 December 1955
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

F9F Panther jets from US Navy squadron VF-192 were also used to film Men of the Fighting Lady (1954). After the filming of these two movies, the squadron name was changed from "Golden Dragons" to "World Famous Golden Dragons". See more »

Goofs

While over enemy territory during the photo recon and then the strike missions, the pilots talk a great deal over the radio about their location, preparations to attack and even their intentions to return to base... i.e. "air attack concluded". Now, while it's necessary for the movie plot to have these conversations between the characters while in danger, combat pilots in those days NEVER spoke like that while "feet dry" over enemy territory: the enemy would be listening and taking down every transmission while triangulating their position. There were no encrypted radios aboard aircraft like they have now. 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 »

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War is Brutal--Heroes they all are.
29 December 1998 | by pariquixSee all my reviews

This is an exceptional picture, which clearly depicts the personal difficulties, particularly which Fighter Pilots must endure in times of combat. Mr Holden and Grace Kelly give fine portrayals of the young married couple, who must overcome the obstacles of a dangerous mission--A certain bombing Raid ( mentioned in the title) As the left behind wife, Kelly does a wonderful job, showing empathy for her husband, concern for herself, etc, and Holden is equally compelling as a troubled aviator in a difficult situation--All in all a fine Movie--good performances all around. T(W) G.


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