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A Bridge Too Far (1977)

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 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 ... General Blumentritt (as Hans Von Borsody)
Josephine Peeper Josephine Peeper ... Cafe Waitress
Dirk Bogarde ... Lieutenant General Browning
Paul Maxwell ... Major General Maxwell Taylor
Sean Connery ... Major General Urquhart
Ryan O'Neal ... Brigadier General Gavin
Gene Hackman ... Major General Sosabowski
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Field Marshal Model
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Captain 'Harry' Bestebreurtje
Hartmut Becker ... German Sentry
Frank Grimes ... Major 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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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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USA | UK

Language:

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

Several principal participants of Operation Market Garden were employed as military consultants during production, namely Brian Horrocks (Edward Fox), James M. Gavin (Ryan O'Neal), J.O.E. Vandeleur (Sir Michael Caine), John Frost (Sir Anthony Hopkins), and R.E. Urquhart (Sir Sean Connery). See more »

Goofs

In the film, a group of British paratroops kill or disperse the resting crew of a German tank outside the row house where General Urquhart and his aide are hiding, thus allowing him to return to his headquarters. In reality, Urquhart and his aide just hid and waited for the German tank to move on, which it did without any gun play or contact with the British paratroops. See more »

Quotes

Field Marshall Gerd von Runstedt: Let's get to the point. Air power?
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: Air power, Field Marshal...
Field Marshall Gerd von Runstedt: Briefly, please.
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: Air power is minimal.
Field Marshall Gerd von Runstedt: Ammunition?
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: Also minimal.
Field Marshall Gerd von Runstedt: Tanks, troops, replacements?
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: Minimal.
Field Marshall Gerd von Runstedt: Morale?
[Blumentritt hesitates, then says nothing]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

An older video release of the film (early 1980s) from The Magnetic Video Corporation differs vastly from the 1996 VHS and 1998 DVD releases. Most notable are the differences in translations shown in the German-to-English subtitles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Curious George: A Bridge Too Farm/Monkey Fever (2008) 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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Reasonably good history, well acted and produced.
7 July 2004 | by sieb-1See 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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