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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Siem Vroom ... Underground Leader
Marlies van Alcmaer ... Underground Leader's Wife (as Marlies Van Alcmaer)
Erik van 't Wout ... Underground Leader's Son (as Eric Van't Wout)
... Field Marshal Gerd Von Rundstedt
... General Blumentritt (as Hans Von Borsody)
Josephine Peeper ... Cafe Waitress
... Lieutenant General Browning
... Major General Maxwell Taylor
... Major General Urquhart
... Brigadier General Gavin
... Major General Sosabowski
Walter Kohut ... Field Marshal Model
Peter Faber ... Captain 'Harry' Bestebreurtje
... German Sentry
... Major Fuller
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The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US 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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Mothers would lose their sons, wives, their husbands, girls their lovers, children their fathers and thousands of gallant young men would perish fighting against impossible odds, for a mission that would change the meaning of the word courage for all time...and for a bridge. A lousy bridge. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Die Brücke von Arnheim  »

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Trivia

Joseph E. Levine financed the twenty-two million dollar budget himself. During the production, he would show footage from the film to distributors, who would then pay him for distribution rights. By the time the film was finished, Levine had raised twenty-six million dollars, putting the film four million dollars in the black, before it had even opened. See more »

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When the Allied troops cross the Grave bridge you can clearly see a modern traffic sign on the river bank. See more »

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John Frost: I'm awfully sorry, but I'm afraid we're going to have to occupy your house.
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3rd Movement
(from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV. 1051) (uncredited)
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Reasonably good history, well acted and produced.
7 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The movie is a cut above most cinematic portrayals of historical events, likely due to it's being based on historian Cornelius Ryan's excellent book, and it's not as overproduced or staged as the film version of another of his books, The Longest Day. The producer admits to crediting one assault to the Americans, when in the event the British were first to attack, but overall the movie relates a good sense of history and geography, and respects the timeline of the actual events. It shows the national and class tensions affecting the Allied leadership, and gives a sense of the character of the participants. The writing gives the plethora of good actors something to work with despite no single leading role (and it's fun to watch so many actors in a single film.) Relevant information is included in the character's dialogue rather than through narration. The editing adds to the flow of events, balancing the suspense borne by the individuals involved with interest and action for the viewer. Add in the Intelligent direction by Richard Attenborough, and it makes this one of my favorite World War Two films.


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