Bridge Too Far

Bridge Too Far

4.4 13
Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine


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It's late 1944, and the Allied armies are confident they'll win the World War II and be home in time for Christmas. What's needed, says British general Bernard Law Montgomery, is a knockout punch, a bold strike through Holland, where German troops are spread thin, that will put the Allies into Germany. Paratroops led by British major general Robert Urquhart (Sean… See more details below


It's late 1944, and the Allied armies are confident they'll win the World War II and be home in time for Christmas. What's needed, says British general Bernard Law Montgomery, is a knockout punch, a bold strike through Holland, where German troops are spread thin, that will put the Allies into Germany. Paratroops led by British major general Robert Urquhart (Sean Connery) and American brigadier general James Gavin (Ryan O'Neal) will seize a thin road and five bridges through Holland into Germany, with paratroops led by Lieutenant Col. John Frost (Sir Anthony Hopkins) holding the most critical bridge at a small town called Arnhem. Over this road shall pass combined forces led by British Lieutenant Gen. Brian Horrocks (Edward Fox) and British Lieutenant Col. Joe Vandeleur (Michael Caine). The plan requires precise timing, so much so that one planner tells Lieutenant Gen. Frederick Browning (Dirk Bogarde), "Sir, I think we may be going a bridge too far." The plan also has one critical flaw: Instead of a smattering of German soldiers, the area around Arnhem is loaded with crack SS troops. Disaster ensues. Based on a book by historian Cornelius Ryan, A Bridge Too Far is reminiscent of another movie based on a Ryan book, The Longest Day. Like that movie, it is loaded with more than 15 international stars, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Hardy Krueger, Gene Hackman, Maximilian Schell, and Liv Ullman. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.

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Screenwriter William Goldman called this movie his generation's answer to The Longest Day (1962), and it's a fairly apt analogy. A Bridge Too Far was, like Day, based on a book by historian Cornelius Ryan, and has a galaxy of stars, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hardy Krueger, Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, Maximilian Schell, James Caan, Elliott Gould, and Liv Ullman. It also reflects the 1970s in that it is a far darker, less patriotic film (it examines the disastrous battle of Arnhem, in which a division of British paratroopers was nearly wiped out) than the almost jingoistic Day, which trumpeted the Allies' successful D-Day landing. Yet, as directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and lensed by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, the film is far superior to The Longest Day. The film is gorgeous, and the Oscar-winning Goldman handles the plot's necessary exposition far more deftly than did Ryan, who wrote The Longest Day. That's the film's primary improvement on Day and it's significant. The film is also bloodier, which makes the battle scenes more realistic. A Bridge Too Far is a good movie that tells a terrible story of a military disaster. It's long, it's detailed, it won't cheer you up, but it may engross you.

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Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning
James Caan Sgt. Eddie Dohun
Michael Caine Lt. Col. Joe Vandeleur
Sean Connery Maj. Gen. Robert Urquhart
Edward Fox Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks
Elliott Gould Col. Bobby Stout
Gene Hackman Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski
Anthony Hopkins Lt. Col. John Frost
Hardy Kruger Gen. Ludwig
Laurence Olivier Dr. Spaander
Ryan O'Neal Brig. Gen. James Gavin
Robert Redford Maj. Julian Cook
Maximilian Schell Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich
Liv Ullmann Kate Ter Horst
Arthur Hill Tough Colonel
Wolfgang Preiss Field Marshal von Rundstedt
Siem Vroom Underground Leader
Mary Smithuysen Old Dutch Woman
Nicholas Campbell Capt. Glass
Christopher Good Maj. Carlyle
Keith Drinkel Lt. Cornish
Peter Faber Capt. Harry Bestebreurtje
Hans von Borsody General Blumentritt
Paul Maxwell Major General Maxwell Taylor
Walter Kohut Field Marshall Model
Hartmut Becker German Sentry
Frank Grimes Major Fuller
Jeremy Kemp RAF Meteorological Officer
Donald Pickering Lieutenant Colonel Mackenzie
Donald Douglas Brigadier Lathbury
Stephen Moore Major Steele
Michael Byrne Lieutenant Colonel Giles Vandeleur
Paul Copley Private Wicks
Gerald Sim Colonel Sims
Harry Ditson US Private
Erik Chitty Organist
Brian Hawksley Vicar
Colin Farrell Corporal Hancock
Alun Armstrong Corporal Davies
Anthony Milner Private Dodds
Barry McCarthy Privare Clark
Lex Van Delden Sergeant Matthias
Michael Wolf Field Marshall Model's Aide
Sean Mathias Irish Guards Lieutenant
Ray Jewers US Radio Operator
Fred Williams Captain Grabner
John Judd Sergeant Clegg
Ben Cross Trooper Binns
Hilary Minster British Medical Officer
David English Private Andrews
Ben Howard Sergeant Towns
Michael Graham Cox Captain Cleminson
Denholm Elliott Met Officer
Peter Gordon US Sergeant
Garick Hagon Lieutenant Rafferty
Neil Kennedy Colonel Barker
John Salthouse Private 'Ginger' Marsh
John Hackett Glider Pilot
Stanley Lebor Regimental Sergeant Major
Jack Galloway Private Vincent
Milton Cadman Private Long
David Auker 'Taffy' Brace
Richard Kane Colonel Weaver
Toby Salaman Private Stephenson
John Morton US Padre
John Ratzenberger US Lieutenant
Patrick Ryecart German Lieutenant
Ian Liston Sergeant Witney
George Innes Sergeant Macdonald
John Stride Grenadier Guards Major
Niall Padden British Medical Officer
Simon Chandler Private Simmonds
Shaun Curry Corporal Robbins
Chris Williams Corporal Merrick
Stephen Churchett Soldier
Jon Croft Soldier
Patrick Dickson Soldier
Frank Jarvis Soldier
Edward McDermott Soldier
James Snell Soldier
David Stockton Soldier
Jason White Soldier
Jack McKenzie Soldier
Peter Settelen Lt. Cole
Hardy Kurger Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director
John Addison Score Composer
Miriam Brickman Casting
Roy Button Asst. Director
Terence A. Clegg Production Manager
Stuart Craig Art Director
Antony Gibbs Editor
William Goldman Screenwriter
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Lanning Asst. Director
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Richard P. Levine Producer
Peter MacDonald Camera Operator
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Palmer Associate Producer
John Richardson Special Effects
Tom Smith Makeup
Michael Stanley-Evans Co-producer
Roy Stannard Art Director
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Harry Waxman Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Bridge Too Far
1. Logo/Prologue/Title [7:33]
2. German Army HQ [3:22]
3. Browning's HQ [8:07]
4. 8 Miles From Arnhem [6:34]
5. Poor Projection [2:17]
6. "The Cavalry" [4:31]
7. Guarantees [3:45]
8. Airborne [7:09]
9. Road to Success? [3:31]
10. The Drop [7:28]
11. First Shot/Lunatics [5:35]
12. Further Frustrations [3:28]
13. The Son Bridge [4:07]
14. The Bridge at Arnhem [5:01]
15. Another Try at Dark [4:54]
16. Enemy Reinforcements [2:55]
17. Urquhart's Risk [5:49]
18. Fulfilling a Promise [6:38]
19. Bridge Building [9:48]
20. Battle at Arnhem [5:38]
21. The Supply Drop [3:45]
22. Kate/The Un-Surrender [4:39]
23. Julian Cook [3:44]
24. Rough Crossing [3:37]
25. Bridge Warfare [4:37]
26. Frost's Last Stand [7:06]
27. Germans on the Bridge [3:43]
28. Kate's Kindness [6:35]
29. Rubber Raft Brigade [2:50]
30. The Decision Made [4:32]
31. "A Bridge Too Far" [6:38]
32. End Credits [5:58]

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