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A Bridge Too Far

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7.42 h 56 min197715
An historic telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges to Germany in World War II in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden.
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Edward FoxSean ConneryGene HackmanRyan O'NealLaurence OlivierMichael CaineHardy KrugerDirk Bogarde
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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JohnniebReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Epic portrayal of Operation Market Garden
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I saw this years ago but I wanted to watch this well known film for a second time. The battle scenes were well staged but the dreadful toll in death and suffering was also portrayed. Not for the faint hearted.
The strong cast list included many who would later go on to take leading roles in Hollywood. These included Michael Caine, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Anthony Hopkins. Good acting, photography and a memorable sound track.
7 people found this helpful
Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Load of Absolute Rubbish!
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This film is so bad that it's almost impossible to watch. The script is cliched nonsense and all the stars it showcases don't make up for it one bit. In fact they only serve to make it more infuriatingly awful. Not only that but the camerawork and direction are boring and trite and the total lack of authenticity is astonishing. A stupid film. I can't be bothered to criticise it any more to be honest. I would much rather watch The Dirty Dozen, Kelly's Heroes or Where Eagles Dare - they were stupid too, but at least they were fun and the stupidity was intentional.
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TOP CATReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb Reconstruction. Right up there with Saving Private Ryan.
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Originally saw this at the cinema in November 1977. It has aged very well and with the stellar cast if you are in interested in WW2 I would put it right up there with the best. The battle scenes are as realistic as you will see and they did not have CGI to rely on back in those days. A work colleague said her father was in the British airborne and fought at Arnhem although he never liked to talk about the disaster that ensued. With Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine and Sean Connery as the Brits, Ryan O'neil and Robert Redford as the two main US actors amonst others you cannot fault the acting and I cannot think of any other film in the last 50 years with a stronger cast. Attenborough's directing is as good as you would expect. Definitely recommend.
Nicholas CasleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Film Success for a Failed Operation
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This is a review of the two-disc special edition. I first give a brief overview of the film (it is assumed that the potential purchaser knows at least the gist of its story), followed by my reason for purchasing the discs, and finally some added information about the extras.

Operation Market Garden was an audacious attempt by the allies in 1944 to shorten the road to Berlin and bring the war to a quick end. As this film shows, the operation almost succeeded but was ground down by its sheer size and complexity. The film was not popular in the US, apparently because many critics there refused to believe some of the true stories depicted in the film. And yet the film was based on the meticulous researches of Cornelius Ryan. Admittedly, there are one or two Monty Python moments, but the truths of these are considered in some of the documentary extras on the second disc (see below). In addition, America was at this time going through its own post-Vietnam appraisal when the concept of `heroic failure' might not have been de rigueur.

The film is almost three hours long and could have done with an intermission in the cinema; but at least with the DVD we can space out our viewing. The film bears repeated viewing just to take in the sheer scale of it all, that is the scale both of the original operation AND its filming. There are great set-pieces, such as the huge initial airborne drop. And of course there is a great list of star actors. But repeated viewing can also clear up some confusions. For example, initially I thought Anthony Hopkins's character was south of Arnhem Bridge whilst Sean Connery's was north, but then Hopkins tells us he's at the northern end and it is the Germans at the southern. When I watched the film with my partner, he commented that there should have been more use made of maps to show where everyone was at each stage.

The DVD was purchased because I am collecting Dirk Bogarde movies. (I also have a second cousin who took part in the operation.) Bogarde was a neighbour and good friend of Richard Attenborough's in Provence, but Bogarde fell out big-time with Attenborough when the film was released. Bogarde played Browning, the most senior officer depicted in the film. Since neither Eisenhower not Montgomery appears, Browning becomes the fall guy for the mission's failure. As John Coldstream notes in his biography of Bogarde, "The crude ethos of the Hollywood School of War has usually dictated, first, that there must be a fall guy for a failure and, if joint operations are involved, he should be British; second, that characterisation must be black and white, with no shades of grey."

Daphne du Maurier, Browning's widow, took the matter up in the correspondence columns of The Times, and ex-generals, friends and comrades criticised not only the script but Bogarde's performance. Bogarde then accused Attenborough of setting him up, though later their relationship was patched up. It was all dubbed `The Second Battle of Arnhem'.

The disc includes commentary by the screenwriter, a camera operator, someone from the art direction department, a second assistant director, and a special effects man. From these we learn much technical information about how some scenes were set up and shot. The film could not possibly be remade today in the same way because it would be an environmental crime. There is also commentary on the music composed by John Addison (who was himself a participant in Operation Market Garden).

The extras on the second disc comprise 1. a forty-five-minute History Channel documentary called `Heroes from the Sky' that includes archive film and interviews with participants in the operation as well as members of the film crew; 2. a moving fifteen-minute documentary called `A Distant Battle' in which actual participants recount their experiences; and 3. a twenty-minute interview with Attenborough in 2002 in which he refers to the controversy over Browning but also emphasises the anti-war message of the film.
40 people found this helpful
adrian hudson-walshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good upgrade
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I have always liked this film. This is the extended version and in hd too, so what is not to like. Enjoyed this version very much. Highly recommended for war film buffs. It was always a good film, but this version is the best. Good quality video and audio really bring the film to life
5 people found this helpful
clint bondReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marvelous.
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This was an excellent movie, considering it's age, and Richard Attenborough did a magnificent job. I didn't realise he was that good. Of course, both he and Bryan Forbes were both instrumental in keeping British movies alive, many years ago. Yes, I'm 74 this year, but am still an avid cinema goer.
I just wished I'd seen it on the big screen.
Extremely factual, by all accounts, and I could watch it over and over again, probably will!
Good too, for this awful Lockdown we're all in.
FedoraonTourReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
FAIRLY ACCURATE
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This is a fairly accurate rendition of Operation Market Garden based on the book by Cornelius Ryan. One or two mistakes but it does not go completely 'Hollywood'. Comes with a nice little documentary about both MG and the making of the film. Some great performances - Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins to mention just two. I well recommend it.
kefoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The futility of war
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This film is a fine example of how chaotic, barbaric and brutal war can be. This battle is a true story which demonstrates the heroism of men not knowing whether their next moment would be their last. The battle was lost even though the film was crammed full of A list stars and directed by Dickie Attenborough! Still, a few months after this battle we won the war.
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