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The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen?

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John Guillermin

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Richard Yates (screenplay), William Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Lieutenant Phil Hartman
Robert Vaughn ... Maj. Paul Krueger
Ben Gazzara ... Sgt. Angelo
Bradford Dillman ... Major Barnes
E.G. Marshall ... Brig. Gen. Shinner
Peter van Eyck ... Gen. Von Brock (as Peter Van Eyck)
Hans Christian Blech ... Capt. Carl Schmidt
Heinz Reincke ... Holzgang
Joachim Hansen ... Capt. Otto Baumann
Sonja Ziemann ... Greta Holzgang
Anna Gaël ... French Girl (as Anna Gael)
Vít Olmer ... Lt. Zimring (as Vit Olmer)
Bo Hopkins ... Corp. Grebs
Robert Logan ... Pvt. Bissell
Matt Clark ... Corp. Jellicoe
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In the last days of World War II, the Allied Army desperately searched for a bridgehead across the impenetrable Rhine River, in order to launch a major assault into the center of Germany. "Bridge at Remagen" tells the true story of the battle for this last bridgehead, from both the German and American perspective. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence and brief nudity. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

23 October 1969 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El puente de Remagen See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits prologue: March 1945-The Obercassel Bridge In the final months of World War II, the armies of the Third Reich are in full retreat across the great moat that guards the heart of Germany-the river Rhine. See more »

Goofs

As the bridge comes under fire, there is a German train approaching the bridge from one side as American tanks approach from the other. The American tanks open fire on the train and it explodes. However, the train then comes to an immediate halt. Real trains have an immense amount of momentum and require a considerable distance to come to a complete stop. The train we see explode is undoubtedly a scale model, but it should have been allowed to continue moving forward after having been hit. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Phil Hartman: Get the men up. We're moving out.
Sgt. Angelo: Those men are tired. They'll kill us.
Lt. Phil Hartman: They're so happy we didn't find any Germans here, they want us to keep going until we do.
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A forgotten, gritty little gem.
21 May 2006 | by A_RoodeSee all my reviews

'The Bridge at Remagen' has, for what ever reason, largely been lost or forgotten by today's movie-going public. I think this is a real shame because the sensibilities and attitudes that the film has toward it's own themes fit very much into the modern movie-goer's. Films like 'The Big Red One,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'The Thin Red Line,' and a host of other modern war films owe their dark edge to earlier films like 'The Bridge at Remagen.' 'The Bridge at Remagen' is about worn out soldiers. It is a film that doesn't like war, and stews in bitterness. George Segal's world weary eyes are matched only by Robert Vaughn's. Two men, one an American and the other a German who are trying less to kill the others forces than they are trying to just keep the men that they command. Segal has been ordered to capture the town around the bridge. He's told not to worry about the bridge because it is assumed that the Germans will have blown it up themselves by the time he gets there with his troops, or that the Allied air force will bomb it in order to trap and destroy the German 15th Army ... an army on the wrong side of the bridge. Vaughn, excellently playing the conflicted Major Kruger, is ordered to blow up the bridge. The 70,000 troops of the 15th Army and countless civilians are to be sacrificed at the greater expense of protecting Berlin. The General who gives Major Kruger the order to blow up the bridge suggests that holding the bridge for as long as possible so that fleeing troops and civilians can escape might not be a bad idea. This ultimately leads to tragedy for both sides.

The film is highlighted by worn out lower level officers who must command on the front lines, and the incompetent or uncaring officers who outrank them. These lower ranking officers and their men are merely pawns to be pushed beyond the breaking point and destroyed. The lower level officers see letters of condolence that they need to write for the families of the fallen men serving under them. The higher ranking officers see flags on maps. 'The Bridge at Remagen' is deeply cynical and highly embittered. Although it is in my mind superior in every way to similarly themed films like 'Anzio,' It was overshadowed and consumed by films with bigger budgets and star power. Need one look much further than 'A Bridge Too Far'? The two leads, Segal and Vaughn are both tremendous and are playing their parts in top form. Vaughn especially turns in some of the best work of his career.

The only real flaws in 'The Bridge at Remagen' aren't too serious, but they are strong enough to detract overall. The direction does lean toward heavy-handed pedantics and this can become aggravating. Only having a soldier standing in front of the camera and yelling "WAR IS BAD! WAR IS BAD!" over and over again would it have been more 'in your face.' The movie also suffers from some pacing issues, especially early on, although I think it is redeemed by the hard and gritty ending.

'The Bridge at Remagen' -- very much worth taking a look at if you can find it, and almost certainly belongs (with pride) on the DVD shelf of any serious WW2 film fan.


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