Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
In 1944, the U.S. Army and Allied forces plan a huge invasion landing in Normandy, France. Despite bad weather, General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the okay and the Allies land at Normandy. General Norma Cota travels with his men onto Omaha Beach. With much effort, and lost life, they get off the beach, traveling deep into French territory. The German military, due to arrogance, ignorance and a sleeping Adolf Hitler, delay their response to the Allied landing, with crippling results.Written by
The United States Sixth Fleet extensively supported the filming and made available many amphibious landing ships and craft for scenes filmed in Corsica, though many of the ships were of (then) modern vintage. The Springfield and Little Rock, both World War II light cruisers (though extensively reconfigured into guided missile cruisers) were used in the shore bombardment scenes, though it was easy to tell they did not resemble their wartime configuration. See more »
When Lt. Col. Vandervoort uses his flashlight to illuminate his map (while having his broken ankle taped), the flashlight illuminates the map but displays a flashlight-shaped shadow in the center of the map (indicating the stage light used to "really" illuminate the map). See more »
Lt. Col. Ocker:
[Pluskat, inside a bunker, has just realized the Normandy invasion has begun and is warning Ocker, who is skeptical]
And just where, my dear Pluskat, are those ships going?
Maj. Werner Pluskat:
Straight for me!
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There is a 20-second overture on a black screen, no 20th Century Fox logo (in spite of this being one of their most expensive productions), and a six-minute cold open before the title is displayed. Apart from the title, there are no credits at the beginning of the film. All cast and crew credits are at the end of the film. See more »
There is a digitally remastered colorized version of the film. See more »
Invariably compared with "Saving Private Ryan" (SPR), this scores over the more modern work because of the focus on all the major sides of the action (British, American, French and German).
All languages are used (with subtitles as appropriate - eg the Germans speak in German, etc).
While true that the battle scenes are not gory as SPR's, and that the sounds of battle are muted during the dialog (unlike SPR's), it should be borne in mind that in '62, the audience rating of the time *was* a General Release ("G" in the US, "A" in the UK (I'm guessing for the UK, but it is now PG)) - which more detail would not have allowed.
I think part of the purpose of this film is to allow *everyone* to see what happened 18 years before!
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