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.
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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
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RAdm. George Tarrant:
Where do we get such men? They leave this ship and they do their job. Then they must find this speck lost somewhere on the sea. When the find it they have to land on its pitching deck. Where do we get such men?
Man on loudspeaker:
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Opening credits prologue: With Task Force 77 U.S. Navy Off the coast of Korea November, 1952 See more »
I viewed "Bridges at Toko-Ri" today on TMC and brought to mind when I saw that movie as an army brat when my dad was stationed at Itami Air Force Base near Osaka, Japan during the Korean War. My dad made friends with several marine fighter or bomber pilots at the base and continued that friendship until he died in in the mid'90's. My Dad recounted that a Major Redman and his squadron played golf on the weekends and flew out that evening on a combat mission in Korea. They'd fly back early next morning and play golf again that morning as though nothing happened during those missions. After they played, his friends would say," see you, Harry, tomorrow at 9am for our tee-off. They were brave souls that still stick with me to this day. This movie exemplified that courage and sense of duty our military men have even to this day. A great movie. Shame on those who believe otherwise.
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