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 the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The Battle of the Bulge" shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander.Written by
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The small plane Col. Kiley (Henry Fonda) used for his reconnaissance missions is a Cessna L-19A/O-1 known in the military simply as the Bird Dog. This planes was used after WWII and is distinguished from the Piper L-4 Grasshopper by its raised cockpit, angled side windows and rounded rear window. These were not initially purpose-built military planes. The Cessna 305A was the military version of the 170, a small civil aviation plane popular with private pilots. Its ability to take off and land in relatively short distances on dirt fields made it very useful to troops operating in remote or forward areas. Though completely unarmed, they carried out a number of vital missions including reconnaissance, artillery spotting, supply drop and even air ambulance. See more »
All of the American vehicles in the movie use a German Red-Green-Brown camouflage color scheme; however, in late 1944 only olive drab/black camouflage schemes were used on armor. In winter whitewash was used on some armored vehicles to blend in with the snow. Transport vehicles, artillery, etc., were still painted in basic olive drab. In one scene we can even see a bazooka with a camouflage paint scheme. See more »
[speaking to U.S. Army M.P.s he knew were Germans in disguise at the fuel supply camp, in a sarcastic voice]
Does the road to Amblève still lead to Malmedy?
[then he shoots them]
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Some TV versions are nearly complete. TNT aired one in the late 1990s which was missing the Overture, Intermission, Exit Music and also excised most of the Cinerama footage of the train making its way through the mountains. The pan-and-scanning on this version was significantly different than that on the previous VHS releases. See more »
Let's pretend this movie has nothing to do with the battle in Belgium, winter 1944. The movie is only bad if you associate it too much with the real life events, but if you focus on the amazing line-up of actors, special effects, soundtrack, and battle sequences, it becomes a very interesting and entertaining World War II movie. Although compared to more realistic war movies like Patton, this film serves no real educational value. To me it seems like a WWII fan-fiction of some sort, like a "what-if" scenario. The movie would have probably been ridiculed a lot less if it was titled something different (anything but The Battle of the Bulge), therefore people would just assume it's some sort of war sci-fi movie.
Don't let the title fool you; There's only a few things in the whole movie which actually relate to the Ardennes 1944 (i.e., the snow battles, unexpected German spearheads, General McAuliffe & the "nuts" letter, locations in Malmedy, etc.), meanwhile there's no mention of Patton's relief of Bastogne, which was the the event most people associate with the real battle of the bulge in the first place.
Check this movie out if you'd like to see something different from factual movies. It's a small break from reality, and portrayed in a seemingly fictional (but real, technically) campaign in WWII. It's also a great movie if you like all-star casts and A list actors.
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