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The Bridge (1959)

Die Brücke (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 May 1961 (USA)
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director:

Bernhard Wicki
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Folker Bohnet Folker Bohnet ... Hans Scholten
Fritz Wepper ... Albert Mutz
Michael Hinz ... Walter Forst
Frank Glaubrecht Frank Glaubrecht ... Jurgen Borchert
Karl Michael Balzer Karl Michael Balzer ... Karl Horber
Volker Lechtenbrink ... Klaus Hager
Günter Hoffmann Günter Hoffmann ... Sigi Bernhard (as Günther Hoffmann)
Cordula Trantow ... Franziska
Wolfgang Stumpf ... Stern
Günter Pfitzmann Günter Pfitzmann ... Heilmann
Heinz Spitzner Heinz Spitzner ... Fröhlich
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Lt. Colonel
Ruth Hausmeister Ruth Hausmeister ... Mrs. Mutz
Eva Vaitl Eva Vaitl ... Mrs. Borchert
Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mother Bernhard
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Storyline

A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge. Written by Miranda Callahan

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They look for love in a world of violence!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

1 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Cham, Bavaria, Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fono Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating based on 9 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Goofs

When the boys are assembled at night, they are told they will be part of the 336th Division. That unit was destroyed and surrendered to the Soviets on the Eastern Front nearly a year earlier in 1944 and was never reformed. See more »

Quotes

Stern: I can't see these boys sacrificed pointlessly at the end of the war!
Fröhlich: I've spoken to your boys. They are idealists. They believe in fighting for their ideals. They want to save their Fatherland. They believe what you taught them. Hölderlin. German Textbook for Older Students. The battle is ours, O Fatherland! Count not the dead!
Stern: But, Herr Fröhlich, all these ideals - freedom, Fatherland, a hero's death - they've all been betrayed!
Fröhlich: A few days ago I heard that my son had been killed in action. Has...
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Alternate Versions

An English dubbed version was released in the USA in 1963. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.11 (1961) See more »

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User Reviews

 
One of the most Powerful Movies I've seen..is it available on video?
27 January 1999 | by FiggiedanSee all my reviews

I saw this film at Umass for my German film class in 1990-- this was easily the best of the films that I saw throughout that semester - and the plate was full - Metropolis, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Blue Angel, M - all fantastic films but this one was the best. Very riveting and fantastic performances from the teens. Saw "The Thin Red Line" two weeks ago and was sorely disappointed - this is one of the best war movies of all time - too bad nobody over here in the States has ever seen it but me and maybe 20 others. They have to settle with Hollywood crap. A 10 out of 10.


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