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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

Early in the film, when Forney approaches Brubaker's crashed plane, Forney tells the pilot of 210 to head back to the aircraft carrier. The pilot of 210 is heard saying "Roger" but his mouth never moves. See more »

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[last lines]
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: Launch jets!
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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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Anecdotal Recount
17 April 2008 | by pllc15See all my reviews

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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