A Bridge Too Far (1977) Other movies recommended for you
A Bridge Too Far(in Hollywood Movies) A Bridge Too Far (1977) - Download Movie for mobile in best quality 3gp and mp4 format. Also stream A Bridge Too Far on your mobile, tablets and ipads
Plot: This WWII film follows the perspectives of American, Polish and British soldiers attempting to capture key bridges behind German lines in a complicated parachute and armoured assault. Runtime: 175 mins Release Date: 14 Jun 1977
A Bridge Too Far was the last of a long line of the "General's" war-films that came out of Hollywood since WWII. Afterwards, the production for these films wavered, probably because of the fact that A Bridge Too Far did not fare so well in the box office.One of the main reasons A Bridge Too Far did not succeed as it might have was because of the American audience. The film was a targeted towards a British audience and b made very soon after the end of America's involvement in Vietnam. The combination of time and subject killed the film. But anyone can tell you that every <more>
time this film is shown on a TV broadcast, the ratings are quite high.The film itself, contrary to what many would claim, IS NOT another glorification of American heroism. While there is a certain American involvement which is rightly due, the film is very much centered on the Brits at Arnhem. Afterall, they were the ones that got massacred, right? Adding to that, the initial setup of the operation which the film took surprisingly long to cover, and probably killed off the interest of the average movie-goer/critic was almost solely concerned with the British planning, with one or two references to the American G.I. I guess they had to put in those mini-episodes of American servicemen to attract the American viewing public .But enough about the bad side of the film, now onto the amazing part:This is the first film I have seen from that generation to create a realistic picture of what the setting was like down to the very streets and houses of Holland, which, for comparison, The Battle of the Bulge managed to get ALL wrong --- as a sidenote: if you have seen the aforementioned film, have you noticed how during the climatic battle, tanks drove across a DESERT? The battle took place in January during the WORST winter storm of Europe in Belgium... and how they managed to convince the public that if a tank is painted with an iron cross, even though it's an American M48 main battle tank built in the late 50's, that it must be a German Tiger tank... sorry for the rambling . I am most impressed by the Arnhem bridge itself sadly, they dedicated much too short a sequence of cheering soldiers to the bridge at Grave, which is probably one of the greatest Allied success EVER for a bridge assault, up there with Remagen and Pegasus , which is shot on location with probably the most accurate feel of just how desperate the situation was and none of Private Ryan's heroism/John Wayne-invincibility either . Characters are excellently portrayed, although how they really acted historically might be somewhat different. Camera-work was phenomenal, given the difficulty of shooting on scene they couldn't close down the Arnhem Bridge for extended periods of time, one must realize . The most dramatic sequence was probably the launch of the planes and the subsequent breakout by XXX Corps, which to this day remains my favourite battle sequence in any movie yes, even when compared with the Omaha scene from Saving Private Ryan .Like the movie, my review has become unnecessarily long. But to conclude, this film deserves a good watch, or maybe even a couple of viewings, for any serious history/war-film lover or those who just want to learn more about those who have sacraficed so much for us. 9/10.
As a resident I am, logically, interested in the history of my city. And knowing what went on here, I heard the stories from my grandmothers/fathers, they were just children at that time, it was so inspiring and emotional too watch this. It made me realize what my grandparents went trough. And realizing the fact that people, who probably never heard of Arnhem, risked there lives to liberate us, i don't know, it moves me a lot. I'm so glad and proud that every year our city and our local football club Vitesse pays our respect tho what those people did, every year during the airborne <more>
remembrance, Vitesse plays a special airborne match, during the league no friendly on this day they have a special kit, in the colors of the 1st airborne division, all the veterans that fought in this battle are invited to come over, including family, and a lot of other British tourists, and it's amazing to see how my city still pays their tribute. Lest we forget!
"The forest that once was green, was coloured black by those killing machines" (by TankGuy)
By September 1944, the allies were exploding with confidence due to the D-Day victory. Field Marshall Montgomery devised an ambitious plan to thrust into Germany and end the war by Christmas. Christening this plan "Operation Market Garden", allied brass intended to parachute hundreds of troops into occupied Holland where they would capture a series of strategically important bridges. Once these bridges were secured, more troops would push across the Lower Rhine and into Germany where they would destroy the Nazi's munitions plants. Montgomery was positive that the plan would <more>
succeed, however this was not to be the case. The fact that the allies hoped to establish a total victory all too soon led to Operation Market Garden becoming one of the most calamitous tactical failures in military history.Executed in the same style as The Longest Day, ABTF chronicles the disastrous events of Operation Market Garden in awesome fashion. Like Ken Annakin in 1962, Richard Attenborough gives us a sturdy history lesson. Dickie's lesson however, is wrapped in poignant anti-war subtext. Until this point, anti-war movies only saw fit to show the debilitating effects of war on the soldiers. ABTF cuts much deeper by depicting the effects of warfare on civilians, thus the film succeeds amazingly. These anti-war overtones are at their most powerful when the town of Arnhem is razed to the ground by German tanks, but hit hardest when a distraught elderly woman and her confused son are thrust into the fighting after their home is overrun by Lieutenant Colonel Frost and his forces. Also later in the movie, a young Dutch woman is forced to turn her house into a makeshift hospital for allied casualties. Yes, the film's anti-war subtext is laid on extremely thick, but the ugliness of war is it's selling point. Richard Attenborough goes further to criticise the decisions made by the allied high command. Most of the Generals who appear in the movie are depicted as overzealous toffs who stubbornly send their soldiers to be massacred at the expense of efficiency. The highlight of the film comes when James Caan's Sergeant threatens to shoot the U.S Medical Colonel unless he removes the bullet from Caan's dying Captain's skull. Proficiently executed with meritorious tact, the entire sequence is a robust testament to consequential writing and sharp acting. It also brilliantly showcases the crippling pressure under which real life soldiers have to fight. ABTF is light years ahead of it's time in terms of cinematography. The scenes showing the allies landing in Holland boasted a series of most impressive subjective POV shots of paratroopers plunging through the air. The said shots certainly wouldn't look out of place in a contemporary first person shooter game.As with The Longest Day, ABTF is blessed with the advantage of star power. Awe striking portrays come from Sean Connery, Robert Redford, James Caan and Edward Fox. Gene Hackman stood out as Major General Sosabowski, as did Elliott Gould as the cigar chomping Colonel Bobby Stout. The latter is the stereotypical American Colonel, although clichéd as he may appear, Gould's professionalism transforms Colonel Stout into a staunch character. Other vivid performances included Anthony Hopkins as Lieutenant Colonel John Frost, Michael Caine as Lieutenant Colonel J.O.E Vandeleur, Maximillian Schell as Lieutenant General Bittrich, Arthur Hill as the American Medical Colonel and Liv Ullmann as Kate Ter Horst. Laurence Olivier gave a profound performance as the kindly Doctor Spaander and so did Hardy Kruger as Major General Ludwig and Michael Byrne as Lieutenant Colonel Giles Vandeleur. Be sure to look out for a pre Cheers John Ratzenburger as a U.S Lieutenant and Donald Pickering as Lieutenant Colonel Mackenzie. Tight editing allows the battle scenes to be both engaging and taut. The stunts and special effects have the full power to excite with the engagements on the Arnhem bridge and amphibious assault on the German held river bank plus the subsequent attack on the Nijmegen bridge packing spectacularly cuspidate suspense!. The action scenes, especially the streetfighting which is some of the most realistic I've ever seen in a war movie! , were given a brutal edge thanks to the use of modern camera techniques and moderate inclusion of gore.ABTF is a biting comment on the hideousness of war, but can also be read as a severe essay on the repercussions of overenthusiasm and conformity. Handled with commendable tact by Richard Attenborough, ABTF has more than enough strength to pull any war movie or history buff in. 10/10.
I'm not a fan of hyperbole but this may be one of the greatest war movies ever made. It works on a number of levels. While being historically accurate it shows individual and group heroism without glorifying war. The players, German and Allied, are presented as human beings caught up in something bigger than themselves. No attempt is made at "jingoism" or gratuitous flag waving. It seemed to me to be refreshing free of moralistic or political statements. It simply let what happened speak for itself. For a history buff like myself it spoke volumes.The movie is flawless. As <more>
mentioned above, it is surprisingly accurate. As one would expect from the cast, acting is first rate. Not a single scene is wasted.This is a "must see" movie for anyone who appreciates movie making.
What makes this movie so good is the realism, shown in every detail (by philip_vanderveken)
I'm a big fan of war movies and I already have a nice collection on DVD. One of them is A Bridge Too Far and I can only say that it is one of my favorites in this genre if you can make a comparison between movies like A Bridge Too Far, Saving Private Ryan, All Quiet on the Western Front, Apocalypse Now... of course . What I really don't understand is why this movie never was a big success in the cinema's. Perhaps the people had enough of war movies ... and Star Wars was very hip and new at that time of course, but personally I love this movie. What makes this movie so good is the <more>
realism. In most of the war movies of that period, everybody speaks English. No matter if it is a German, an American,... In this movie everybody speaks the language he is supposed to speak. There even is a difference between the English of the Americans and the British. But of course the use of different languages isn't the only thing that attracted me. Another good example is the fact that they didn't try to make all the Germans look like brainless killers, monsters without any human feelings. The movie showes them the way they really were: good and hard fighters who cared about their comrades just as much as any allied soldier, but who didn't just kill for fun. Just for your information: I'm talking about the soldiers in the Wehrmacht here and not about the SS, even though not all SS-troops where that bad either. There are good and bad people in every army. The effort which was put in this movie is shown in every detail. The uniforms, the weapons, the landscapes, the cities..., everything really gives you the feeling the director wanted to give an accurate vision on what happened during operation Market Garden. Images from the movie were even incorporated in a documentary on this subject. That probably shows better than anything else how good this movie really is. You probably ask yourself if there really isn't anything negative about this movie. Of course there is, but it never really bothered me. Therefore I reward this movie with a 9/10. Perhaps a little too high according to the average IMDb user, but for me it's sure worth it.
"Private Ryan" may have served up more blood and guts, but it had a fanciful plot and it didn't really tell audiences anything about D-Day. By contrast, "A Bridge Too Far" is like something the History Channel would produce; it's full of maps and narration and endless tactical discussions that, amazingly enough, really held my attention - and really enlightened me about the battle of Market Garden.It helps that the ensemble cast is great - perhaps the best ever assembled - and the characterization, though a bit thin as in most war movies , is certainly good enough <more>
considering how heavily the plot dominates. The film's one major weakness is that it telegraphs the battle's result from too early on; all the smart characters think that the operation will be a disaster, and lo and behold, it's a disaster.I love this movie anyway, maybe because of the production style, which is more realistic than the cornball war films of previous decades but not quite so over-the-top as "Private Ryan." The battles are both thrilling and terrifying, a nicely struck balance. When the end credits roll, I always feel tired - like the characters - which is a testament to how involving and effective the movie is.
The most impressive all-star cast ever assembled for a single production... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
Richard Attenborough's monumental war drama is about one of the most stirring battles of World War II, based on the best-seller by Cornelius Ryan... The film presents the most impressive all-star cast ever assembled for a single production...World War II's "Operation Market Garden" would have put the Allies in control of the major road leading into the industrial Ruhr, the heart of the German war machine... The war would have ended in a matter of weeks... Instead, what Market Garden left in its wake, through a combination of costly miscalculations, bad weather, battlefield <more>
politics and tactical errors, were more than 17,000 British, American, Dutch and Polish casualties, nearly twice as many dead as in Normandy...On Sunday, September 17th, 1944, the largest assemblage of gliders, bombers, transports and fighters ever involved in a single mission flew over eastern Holland, and dropped 35,000 assault troops along the 64 mile road corridor between Belgium and Arnhem, the Dutch city on the Rhine River...This airborne army - the Market phase of the operation - was assigned the task of taking and holding the six major bridges along the corridor... Smashing through the crumbling German resistance along the way, the British Corps tanks and infantry - the Garden phase - were to link up with the paratroops and, with their help, drive the retreating armies of the Third Reich back into their own homeland...The Germans, however, correctly guessed the British plan and formed a ring of armor around the approaches to the bridge at Arnhem... The result was near slaughter for all the allied forces and an enormous number of German dead...Col. John Frost Anthony Hopkins and the survivors of his 2nd Battalion battered their way through heavy German fire to the northern end of Arnhem bridge, where they took up a strong position in houses over-looking the entire bridge...For four long days and nights, Frost and his 'valiant few' held this tenuous position against superior German tanks and infantry... The Dutch civilian helped by piling the bodies of the dead - friend and enemy alike - in forbidding barricades across each major street to prevent Germans from reaching Frost and his men at the bridge...Major General Roy Urquhart Sean Connery , Brigadier James Gavin Ryan O'Neal , Lieut.Col Joe Vandeleur Michael Caine and the rest of the Allied commanders met with much the same resistance and disaster...At the Nijmegen highway bridge it became obvious that the British tanks would be stopped until the bridge's northern end could be taken by an assault crossing of the Waal River... This brave action, executed in a full clear day under murderous German fire by Major Julian Cook Robert Redford and his battalion, has been described by witnesses as one of the most heroic deeds of arms in World War II...Delayed by ground fog in England, both replacements and badly-needed supplies were late in arriving... Communication was so bad; most of the food and ammunition fell into the hands of the Germans...The Polish Parachute Brigade, under Major General Sosabowski Gene Hackman command, held up three days by the fog, finally made their drop into a deadly thick shower of German rifle and machine gun fire... Many died before they touched ground, and the rest met with further disaster...Casualties were enormous and the hundreds of British wounded were placed in the Beautiful home - of Dutch heroine Kate Ter Horst Liv Ullman - offered as a surgery and the small hotels provided some bed space for the worst casualties... Laurence Olivier Dr. Spaander wins a cease-fire from the German Lieut. General Wilhelm Bittrich Maximilian Schell , in order to bury the dead and surrender the wounded...Meanwhile, Col. Frost and the last few at Arthem bridge were taken prisoners by the Germans... Only a few escaped... Vandeleur's advance was stopped cold... Urquhart hopelessly surrounded planned a retreat down the river... The Germans, lighting the river with rockets, began firing on the fleet and only some made it to the other side...The following morning, Padre Pere, a British Chaplain who stayed behind with his wounded men, noticed the mysteriously frightening silence that prevailed throughout the whole Oosterbeck area... All of the surviving patients realized that they were now German prisoners... The battle of Arnhem was over...This is an enormous story of an horrifying human disaster... A plan formulated by Field-Marshal Montgomery and sanctioned by General Eisenhower... The film shakes you... The pity of it touches you...Richard Attenborough has consolidated his position in the British cinema by directing notable films based on true characters and events: "Young Winston," "A Bridge Too Far" and then had a phenomenal success with "Gandhi," winner of 8 Academy Awards...
Good Account Despite The Monty Bashing (by Theo Robertson)
I loved THE LONGEST DAY when I saw it as a child in the mid 1970s but have gone off it over the years because the characters are more like carichtures rather than real people and the dialogue sounds more like thought processes rather than spoken speech . I guess this is down to Cornelius Ryan not understanding the difference in writing a book and writing a screenplay . The film version of A BRIDGE TOO FAR the second of Ryan's trilogy giving the definitive account of the last year of the war in Europe is superior to THE LONGEST DAY simply because William Goldman has written a superior <more>
script than the one Ryan wrote . I can only fault Goldman's script for two things1 Some obvious exposition throughout the first 45 minutes , though this probably isn't a fair criticism unlike .....2 The Monty bashing . Along with SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and BAND OF BROTHERS this movie doesn't fail to put the boot into General Bernard Law Montgomery with a bunch of German Generals stating " Not even Eisenhower would be stupid enough to use Montgomery " and you do get the impression some people who get their history via war films will quickly come to the conclusion that Monty was the worst commander in human military history , never mind British military history . If Monty had a fault - And the only time it showed itself was during Operation MarketGarden - it was that he was too cautious but it should be remembered that he spent several years fighting on the Western front during the first world war . The likes of Patton , McArthur and future US president Harry S Trumann also fought in that conflict but America didn't enter WW1 until the spring 1917 and didn't contribute to any significant fighting until almost a year later . Unlike the British the future American commanders didn't experience a slaughter house like the Somme which had a profound effect of on Monty's psyche . It should also be remembered that no Western leader was better for turning a holding action into an offensive as seen at El Alamein and there was no better Western leader than Monty for a defensive holding action as seen at operation Goodwood in June 1944 . The problem with operation MarketGarden was logistics , intelligence reports , communications and just plain bad luck , not leadershipThat criticism aside Goldman' script is a good one . Of course some facts and figures have been changed or omitted but the script does point out that great courage was shown by both sides and Goldman must be congratulated for including a scene where a Waffen SS trooper dies in a brave but vain attempt to save his commanding officer who is burning to death . The Waffen SS committed countless atrocities during the war but they were Nazi Germany's elite fighting force also capable of extreme bravery under fire so it's good to see a more balanced view of history , something not seen in more critically aclaimed productions like BAND OF BROTHERS and SAVING PRIVATE RYANIt's a shame A BRIDGE TOO FAR didn't do all that well at the box office or receive the critical acclaim it deserved , but STAR WARS came out at the same time thereby destroying the popularity of historical blockbusters with all star casts . It should also be pointed out that the anti-war sentiments of the film are surpassed by Vietnam movies like APOCALYPSE NOW and PLATOON but how do you make an anti-war film featuring the second world war as a backdrop unless you're a German ? I remember talking to my schoolmates in 1982 after this was shown on TV the previous night and we all agreed at the time this was the best war movie ever made . Looking back now it's not , but it's still a very good account of men in battleFootnote : Check out Ryan's book THE LAST BATTLE , the final - And best - book in the trilogy that tells of the last months of the second world war
Spoilers herein.What a remarkable story. What a remarkable event that this was made by Brits. Self-examination? Exploration of the still arrogant class system that even then insisted they were a world power? Apology?Quite apart from the historical significance of the event and the significance of the film of the event , this is rather worth watching. It isn't because of the story, which is muddled and drifts off into ratholes like the operation. Remember how clear everything was in `Seven Samurai' ? It isn't because of the acting, which in general is British `tea-pot' <more>
acting. That is except for Anthony Hopkins. I've really pinged him for his later work, but here his readings are a true as wind.It isn't for the score which must rank among the worst in film history for a major film .It isn't for the feel of tension, or the effects or anything like that. What makes this special is the camera. The shots of the airdrop from that first flash of beige planes until Sean Connery takes charge is brilliant filmmaking. The focus on tank treads, on glider towropes unfurling; the POV shots of dropping soldiers, the rise of the attacking tanks over the bridge. Although one loses the narrative thread of what's happening where spatially, the viewer certainly gets a feel for the machinery so it makes sense when Connery's group is stuck without it. The bridgemaking sequence flows like the water under it and seems to have the same inevitable inertia.Now think about this: no helicopter shots. no slowmotion. no CGI, no compositing, no filters -- just the vision of one man and a simple camera in the moment of happening. just like Connery's bunch with their shoes and rifles and little else while all the technology is set apart, waiting. Every framing trick Speilberg pulled in `Private Ryan,' you can see here except the underwater shots. And better, less cluttered with the need to thrill. Unsworth, the cinematographer, apparently learned from Kubrick because he was as transformed by `2001' as the characters of that play.Some of this vision was appropriated by Malick in his epic war poem `Red Line.'Ted's evaluation: 3 of 4 -- Worth watching.