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A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | | Drama, History, War | 15 June 1977 (USA)
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.

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Cornelius Ryan (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Siem Vroom Siem Vroom ... Underground Leader
Marlies van Alcmaer Marlies van Alcmaer ... Underground Leader's Wife (as Marlies Van Alcmaer)
Erik van 't Wout Erik van 't Wout ... Underground Leader's Son (as Eric Van't Wout)
Wolfgang Preiss ... Field Marshal Gerd Von Rundstedt
Hans von Borsody ... Gen. Blumentritt (as Hans Von Borsody)
Josephine Peeper Josephine Peeper ... Cafe Waitress
Dirk Bogarde ... Lt .Gen. Browning
Paul Maxwell ... Maj. Gen. Maxwell Taylor
Sean Connery ... Maj. Gen. Urquhart
Ryan O'Neal ... Brig. Gen. Gavin
Gene Hackman ... Maj. Gen. Sosabowski
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Field Marshal Model
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Capt' 'Harry' Bestebreurtje
Hartmut Becker ... German Sentry
Frank Grimes ... Majj. Fuller
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Storyline

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of World War II by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for U.S. airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris, and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far. Written by grantss

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Drama | History | War

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English | German | Dutch | Polish | Latin

Release Date:

15 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Brücke von Arnheim See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally rated "R" by the MPAA for strong language, it was lowered to "PG" upon appeal. See more »

Goofs

Soldiers in the movie are wearing DMS boots, which were issued at the same time as XP type parachutes, if not later. See more »

Quotes

[after the fighting is over, Bittrich rides in to meet the English captives. He sees Frost, who is sitting on the ground with a leg injury. He offers a bar of chocolate and says something in German]
Bittrich's Aide: My general says, please take it. It's very good chocolate. Your planes dropped it to us yesterday.
[Frost waits a few moments, then takes the chocolate]
Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich: English?
[Frost nods]
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was edited (violence and dialogue) by ca. 12,5 minutes to secure a "Not under 12" rating (an additional scene was removed in the TV version). This version was used for all home video releases before DVD. For the DVD release in 2003 MGM put back all the scenes cut for violence but not the dialogue scenes, which were not dubbed in 1977. See more »

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Referenced in Little Mosque on the Prairie: A Lease Too Far (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

3rd Movement
(from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV. 1051) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Information about Operation Market Garden.
22 September 2004 | by hans_okeSee all my reviews

Last week, September 13 to 19, 2004, Operation Market Garden happened exactly 60 years ago. It was maybe the last remembrance of Operation Market Garden with a sizable number of veterans present from as far afield as Australia, the USA, Britain, and Poland. It was VERY impressive to see them marching or driving over the John Frost Bridge in the centre of Arnhem, where the battle had its climax. The veterans I talked to told me they really enjoyed the warmth with which they were received, by both the young and old Dutch people. Many were moved emotionally.. and many visit the remembrance annually, as far as their health permits (they are all in their 80s of course).

Other memorable events were the air droppings on the Ginkelse Heide (heath), and the ceremony at the military cemetery at Oosterbeek, attended by the Queen of Holland and the Prince of Wales.

For those who are interested, here are some good websites with info on the battle:

http://www.marketgarden.com

http://members.lycos.nl/marketgarden44

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/battle_arnhem_01.shtml

http://www.rememberseptember44.com

Hope someone found this useful. Hans, from Holland.


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