Published on March 21st, 2007 | by Chris1
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
A Bridge Too Far is a long and complex look at the spectacularly failed Operation Market Garden, where Allied troops were to drop behind enemy lines into Holland and take bridges to support an advancing ground force in September 1944. As history has shown, it didn't go as planned. At all.
This movie is rather long (3 hrs) and for the first two, is a mixture of rather dull scenes of talking-head-generals discussing strategy and a disjointed and confusing following of no less than five different groups going after their respective goals.
The problem here is that once they get going into a bit with one of the groups, a battle begins, we're abruptly taken away to another force who's either doing nothing, or doing something seemingly unrelated.
The last hour chronicles the final failing hours of the operation, and is actually quite a moving bit of film. If you've made it that far, that is. A "reel too far" maybe.
The ensemble cast is spectacular: Caan, Connery, Redford, Gould, Olivier, Hackman, Hopkins... they all do marvelous jobs. It's just there are too many things going on here, too many interlude stories, and too many talking heads to try and keep track of. If they'd focused on just a couple less, it might've made for a far more compelling story.
A Bridge Too Far (Collector's Edition)
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An epic film that "re-creates in stunning detail one of the most disastrous battles of World War II" (The Hollywood Reporter), A Bridge Too Far is a spectacular war picture. Painstakingly recreated on actual battlefield locations and boasting a remarkable cast that includes Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford, A Bridge Too Far accurately recaptures the monumental scope, excitement and danger behind one of the biggest military gambles in history...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
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- Sean Connery
- Ryan O'Neal
- Michael Caine
- Laurence Olivier
- Gene Hackman
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A classic war movie still holds up well in high definition,
This review is from: A Bridge Too Far [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)When I popped the Blu Ray of "A Bridge Too Far" into the player, my wife asked me who was in it. I was halfway serious when I replied: "Everybody." Richard Attenborough's film, based upon Cornelius Ryan's book of the same name, truly has an all-star cast, including Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Elliott Gould, Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, James Caan, to name just a few.
Fortunately, the scripting and production lives up to the quality of the cast. This is a long film, taking its time to explain the setup and motivations behind Operation Market Garden, the Allied attempt to land airborne troops behind the German lines in order to capture a series of key bridges, which would then be used by armor and mechanized infantry to deal a decisive blow against Hitler's war machine. The movie never drags, however, as the scene constantly changes: one moment we're with the airborne soldiers, racing to capture and hold the bridges, and the next we're with the Germans who... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A BRIDGE TOO FAR is the Last of the WWII Epics from a Bygone Era,
This review is from: A Bridge Too Far (Collector's Edition) (DVD)A BRIDGE TOO FAR is one of the last great WWII films made on an epic and grand scale from the era of the late 1950s through the 1960s and finally faded away in the 1970s. In many ways this is the last from that bygone era. We have both the old school and the new the up and coming filmmakers, actors, technicians and the lot, prominently coming together on this film. I think A BRIDGE TOO FAR is a very good film in many respects. One of the most important things it achieved was to bring Operation Market Garden to the attention of so many people. Till this film and the novel, Operation Market Garden had been virtually overlooked in history books. To think an operation on such a scale was almost relegated to footnote status is hurtful in many ways. Cornelius Ryan and his 1974 book, William Goldman's script adapted from Ryan's book, producer by Joseph E. Levine and finally director Richard Attenborough should all be commended for bringing this story, and it is a story of so many men and... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good movie-sad story,
This review is from: A Bridge Too Far (Amazon Video)
I enjoy movies about WWII. My dad was in it and like most of his generation did not talk much about it. It doesn't seem to matter which war you talk about or study, there seems to be a common thread of the guys doing the fighting having to overcome the inflated egos of those in charge. I recently read a book titled Lawrence in Arabia that showed that was the case in WWI and this movie showed it again was the case in WWII, especially in this battle. And the same theme continues and probably will for, oh, forever.
But this movies clearly shows that even the incredible bravery of those on the ground sometimes cannot overcome those egos.
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Summary: there are too many things going on here, too many interlude stories, and too many talking heads to try and keep track of. If they'd focused on just a couple less, it might've made for a far more compelling story.