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A Bridge Too Far

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Solid Star Cast With Great Direction

    Richard Attenborough's 1977 adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's novel covering Operation Market-Garden: one of all too many of General Montgomery's poorly devised strategies that uncecessarily cost the lives of many brave Allied soldiers. The audacious plan of dropping over 3 divisions of airborne troops behind the German defensive line in Holland was of limited success because of Montgomery's poor logistical planning which led the allies to having serious tactical limitations in their offensive. The film shows how the campaign was too dependent on rigid assumptions for which there could be no certainty in the fog of war and, which a brilliant general would incorporate in formulating his overall strategy. Uncertainties such as whether the troops would actually land where they were supposed to (most major airborne operations such as Normandy and Cyprus had shown that precise drops are the exception as opposed to the norm), whether radios specially designed for the desert would actually work in a wet climate such as Holland, and the actual amount of time it would take each operational element to reach its objective. As it happened, all of those uncertainties became horrible realities from which the lightly armed Allied airborne troops (especially the British at Arnheim) suffered massive casualties. The troops were scattered over areas far from their anticipated drop zones, their radios didn't work, most of the troops were on foot because too few light vehicles were provided, and,finally, British intelligence grossly underestimated enemy strength by choosing to ignore increasing evidence of a German SS Panzer division positioned in Arnheim. The result was the British suffering high casualties near Arnheim and the remnant of their division being forced to surrender. The characters are fleshed out enough to make them believable and to give the story substance. The movie isn't so much about the characters but about the campaign and the operation of its individual components: hence, the movie is actually quite complex but fluid in structure. The batlle scenes are good for their time, the Germans actually speak German, and the all-star cast sweeps the audience away into all the triumphs and failures of Operation Market Garden. Again, with an all-star cast starring Michael Caine, James Caan, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Liv Ullmann, Ryan O'Neil, Maximillian Schell, and others, how can you go wrong?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Operation Market Garden at its best!

    This star-studded film is a must see film for those interested in World War II. This is one of the '70s big budget war films which covers Operation market garden. Field-Marshall Montgomery's plan which took place September 1944. The Allies attempt to break out of the deadlock in France, and thereby dramatically shorten the winning of the Second World War. Operation Market-Garden was the largest daylight airborne raid of all time . They tried to capture several bridges in the Netherlands and by capturing and holding them, provide the Allies with a direct road into the German heartland. Of course this film shows how the term ''Military Intelligence'' is an Oxymoron. Recon showed that their was armor in the area and the strength of German forces in the area were in actuality much larger than expected. The British General's with their own agenda's (beating Patton to Berlin) ignored all warnings.It stars Sean Connery, Dirk Bogarde, Gene Hackman, Michael Caine, and Anthony Hopkins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best war movie ever

    A bridge too far is a great anti-war masterpiece with the Operation market garden disaster fueling its message. It's a long, depressing epic that clearly states that war sucks period and is relevant today with the mess going on in Iraq. Phenomenal cast, solid direction, effective storytelling, get this movie now.

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