The Bridges at Toko-Ri

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

Director: Mark Robson Cast: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March
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The Bridges at Toko-Ri

Popular belief has it that Americans never questioned going to war until the Vietnam protest era, but this DVD release of The Bridges at Toko-Ri shows that even popular entertainment was posing interesting questions about duty and patriotism long before the 1960s. William Holden gives a typically strong, subtle performance as a World War II fighter pilot who is being forced to "do his duty" one more time in Korea. The ever underrated director Mark Robson handles both the emotionally charged dramatic sequences and the exciting action sequences with verve. This DVD comes in the full-screen aspect ratio only; but that's how The Bridges at Toko-Ri was shot (the widescreen process was just starting out in 1954 when this film was released). The disc's Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is clean and well balanced, but won't be used to show off a multi-speaker sound system. Viewers may also want to watch Robson's 1951 feature I Want You, a domestic drama about veterans and their family members facing the prospect of another armed conflict in Korea so soon after World War II.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2001
UPC: 0097360590647
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:43:00

Special Features

Standard version; Dolby Digital: English mono; French mono; English subtitles; Interative menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

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

Side #1
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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