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Bridges at Toko-Ri

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

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Director: Mark Robson, William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March

Cast: Mark Robson, William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March


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Based on the novel by James Michener, this film stars William Holden as Harry Brubaker, a former military pilot who served in World War II. When he's called back into duty during the Korean conflict, Brubaker is angry, believing he's already served his country and needs to devote himself to his wife Nancy


Based on the novel by James Michener, this film stars William Holden as Harry Brubaker, a former military pilot who served in World War II. When he's called back into duty during the Korean conflict, Brubaker is angry, believing he's already served his country and needs to devote himself to his wife Nancy (Grace Kelly) and their children. However, he accepts his commission and is sent back into action as a pilot, with a special assignment to blow up five strategically crucial bridges in Korean territory. This drama, which focuses on the danger and futility of war, also features Frederic March as an admiral who respects the tremendous danger of Brubaker's assignment, and Mickey Rooney as an ill-fated helicopter pilot.

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Following so quickly the global drama of World War II, the Korean War inspired few films. Director Mark Robson made one of them in 1951, I Want You, while the war was still hot. In 1955, after the war had cooled, he directed The Bridges at Toko-Ri, based on the novel by the reliable and extremely popular James Michener. The film has all the thrills and suspense of the best air war movies, yet its plot is decidedly anti-war. William Holden stars as a World War II combat pilot called back into duty. His reluctance to fight symbolized Americans' war-weariness in the early 1950s. Grace Kelly plays his wife and Mickey Rooney appears as the stereotypical doomed comrade. A taut, well-honed, and highly charged socio-political drama as well as an adventure movie, The Bridges at Toko-Ri won a special effects Oscar and a place among the finest combat movies.

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Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Lt. Hany Brubaker, USNR
Grace Kelly Nancy Brubaker
Fredric March Rear Adm. George Tarrant
Mickey Rooney Mike Forney
Earl Holliman Nestor Gamidge
Robert Strauss Beer Barrel
Charles McGraw Cmdr. Wayne Lee
Keiko Awaji Kimiko
Richard Shannon Lieutenant Olds
Willis B. Bouchey Capt. Evans
Nadene Ashdown Kathy Brubaker
Marshall V. Beebe Pilot
Cheryl Lynn Calloway Susie
James Jankins Asst. CIC Officer
Robert Kino Bartender
Paul Kruger Captain Parker
Rollin Moriyama Bellhop
Gene Reynolds C.I.C. Officer
Jack Roberts Quartermaster
Robert Sherry Flight Surgeon
Teru Shimada Japanese Father
Charles Tannen MP Major
Dennis Weaver Air Intelligence Officer

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Valentine Davies Screenwriter
Francisco Day Asst. Director
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Alma Macrorie Editor
Lyn Murray Score Composer
Hal Pereira Art Director
William Perlberg Producer
George Seaton Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
James A. Michener Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bridges at Toko-Ri
1. Korea, November 1952 [6:34]
2. Down Pilot [6:36]
3. A Question Of Distance [2:26]
4. Berthing The Carrier [4:37]
5. Liberty [5:28]
6. Face Reality [1:24]
7. A Favor For Mike [3:12]
8. "Tell Me About Those Bridges" [5:28]
9. Happy Family [4:43]
10. Photos [:42]
11. Rough Landing [3:57]
12. Dear Nancy [8:39]
13. Attack Launched [1:32]
14. The Secondary Target [6:08]
15. Crash Landing [4:45]
16. Last Ditch [1:18]

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gramps3 More than 1 year ago
  The Korean War (police action) went into cease-fire about eighteen months previous to the release of The  Bridges at Toko-Ri.  The novel on which it was based, by James Michener  (Lt. USN ret.)  had been published the previous year.  Most  Americans had the same feelings toward the police action-they were ambivalent.   Certainly everyone had wanted to win it  -quickly-  but at the same time no one wanted to risk WW III to do so. General Douglas MacArthur was willing to, which is why Truman promptly fired him, even after a decisive (con- vebtional) victory at Inchon.  Most audiences, therefore, were open-minded to Micheners ( (Pulitzer (1947 ))  prize -winning work and balanced viewpoint on the Korean  conflict, written in 1951.    The film The Bridges at Toko-Ri continues this balanced work.  We look at two sides of the war, officer and enlisted, and how they interact in combat. The director, Mark Robson, had the cream of Hollywood at the time- William Holden, who had won the best acting Oscar the previous year for Stalag 17, Grace Kelly who would  receive one the following year for The Country Girl, Frederic March who had received two in  his long career was at  57  perfectly  cast as the elderly, paternal Admiral Tarrant, and the ever-popular Mickey Rooney as a rescue  helicopter Chief Petty Officer.    The film is primarily about the experiences of Lt. Brubaker (Holden), a WW II Navy pilot called back to active  duty for the Korean conflict.  Brubaker is'nt excited about returning to combat duty-he has a wife, two children  and a law practice as a civilian.  The drama is primarily about his coming to grips with his thankless job of  flying dangerous shore missions, and particularly one against the heavily fortified bridges at Toko-Ri.  Right to the end, Brubaker wonders if the war effort is worth it.    In contrast to this is the Task Force admiral Tarrant, who, even though he has lost a son  to the conflict, still holds out for victory as the film ends.  How Brubaker's wife, Nancy (Kelly), feels is left up in the air,, but as a  dutiful Navy wife, she's probably prepared for anything.     I have read reviews of The Bridges at Toko-Ri  that consider this an anti-war movie, and reviews that consider        it  a war movie.  I feel that The Bridges at Toko-Ri  can go either way, depending on who you empathize with. So the audiences of 1954 probably left the theater satisfied, even  though the ambiguity of the conflidt cannot be  resolved.  Whether this ambiguity still stands today is up to you, the viewer.   (Academy Award for Best Special Effects, 1954.    
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