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
This movie had the biggest production cost in the entire movie history, but costs were continuously soaring during the making of this movie. Word got around in the country of Holland, that this was the most expensive movie ever made. Therefore local businessmen started charging Producer Joseph E. Levine with insane prices for ordinary products. This drove Levine to desperate measures in trying to restrain these skyrocketing expenses. In order to keep costs down, products were bought in Germany instead of Holland, where the local greedy businessmen went berserk with their charging of insane prices for ordinary products. This movie almost didn't get made because of these skyrocketing expenses during shooting. Only because of the huge investments risks of notorious Producer Joseph E. Levine, this movie eventually did see the day of light. But profits at the box-office were one hundred percent, since Levine sold the distribution rights during filming, and the movie was already four million dollars in the black upon release. See more »
When Kate Ter Horst is reading the bible to the dying British soldier, you can see Dr. Spaander standing still in the background not moving even though he is supposed to be performing surgery on a wounded soldier. See more »
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 »
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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