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The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

The Bridge at Remagen





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With American Army troops only a day away from the Germans, a Nazi general orders a bridge over the Rhine River be destroyed. Major Kreuger (Robert Vaughn) is the Nazi officer who realizes that if the Americans arrive on time, 50,000 German soldiers will have no escape route. The Allied commander orders Lieutenant Hartman (George Segal) to secure the bridge. With the help of Sergeant Angelo (Ben Gazzara), the Americans go deep into enemy territory to secure the strategically located crossing. Kreuger does his best to delay the destruction ordered by General Shinner (E.G. Marshall). As the American Army troop approaches, Kreuger is torn between following orders and saving the only means of escape from being dynamited in this action-packed war drama. Filming in Czechoslovakia was halted by the 1968 Russian invasion of the country. The production was finished in Italy.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Yates, William Roberts, William Roberts
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On DVD: Aug 15, 2001
United Artists


George Segal
as Lieutenant Phil Hart...
Robert Vaughn
as Major Paul Kreuger
Ben Gazzara
as Sgt. Angelo
Bradford Dillman
as Maj. Barnes
E.G. Marshall
as Brig. Gen. Shinner
Peter van Eyck
as Gen. Von Brock
Matt Clark
as Col. Jellicoe
Fritz Ford
as Col. Dent
Tom Heaton
as Lt. Pattison
Bo Hopkins
as Cpl. Grebs
Robert Logan
as Pvt. Bissell
Thomas Heaton
as Lt. Pattison
Paul Prokop
as Capt. Colt
Steve Sandor
as Pvt. Slavek
Frank Webb
as Pvt. Glover
Hans Christian Blech
as Capt. Carl Schmidt
Joachim Hansen
as Capt. Otto Baumann
Günter Meisner
as S.S. Gen. Gerlach
Richard Münch
as Field Marshal Von St...
Heinz Reincke
as Emil Holzgang
Sonja Ziemann
as Greta Holzgang
Vít Olmer
as Lt. Zimring
Rudolf Jelínek
as Pvt. Manfred
Anna Gael
as The Girl
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Full Review… | March 11, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
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This film is similar to most NBA games, you could have watched only the last ten minutes and not missed a thing.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
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October 13, 2005

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Bridge at Remagen


I have loved warfilms since I was a kid and this doesnt dissapoint...

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

Average to above average war flick. The second rate cast, even for the time, was the death nail for me. Comedian George Segal was a poor choice for lead officer. Ben Gazzara, while a great romantic lead in his TV series Run for Your Life, was a less than convincing warrior.

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Summary: A platoon of American soldiers tries to capture a bridge over the Rhine from the German forces during World War II.

Lieutenant Hartman (George Segal) is an experienced combat team leader who is becoming weary of the war in Europe. After he is promoted to company commander following the reckless death of the previous officer, he is given orders to advance to the Rhine River at Remagen where he is promised a rest for his men. At the same time, Major Paul Krüger (Robert Vaughn), an honorable Wehrmacht officer, is given the job of destroying the bridge there by his friend and superior, Colonel General von Brock (Peter van Eyck) who has been given a written order to do it immediately. But the staff officer appeals to Krüger's sense of honour, giving him a verbal command to defend the bridge for as long as possible to allow the 15th Army trapped on the west bank of the river to escape.


Robert Vaughn, the lead spy from television's Man From U.N.C.L.E. during the era, was again a B actor to head the German defense of this bridge.

[img][/img] Robert Vaughn

But defense is hardly accurate. Vaughn was assigned to the task of SAVING the bridge [contrary to superior command] to help thousands of German military men escape back to Der Fatherland.

This is a decent film for war genre fans, but please, not for the rest of us. It just doesn't have the direction, the camera work necessary for a great film. It appears much like a television flick most of the time.


Reviews by the kinds like us:

1 The Bridge at Remagen was spoiled by poor attention to detail, for example the tanks should have been Shermans and other vehicles were inappropriate. ...

2 80%
An underrated gem that shows a very gritty and realistic view of WW2 while also asking important questions about war. Recommended for fans of War film...

3 100%
An excellent war drama which for the period (1969) does not hold back in depicting the horror of war...and the futility of needless sacrifice while su...

[img][/img] Ben Gazzara


1 The Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen-the last standing on the Rhine-was captured by soldiers of the U.S. 9th Armored Division on 7 March 1945, during Operation Lumberjack. On 7 March 1945, soldiers of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, led by Lieutenant Karl H. Timmermann, from West Point, Nebraska, approached the bridge, and found it standing.

The first American soldier across the bridge was Sergeant Alex Drabik; Lt. Timmermann was the first officer across.
Although the bridge's capture is sometimes regarded as the "Miracle of Remagen" in U.S. histories, historians[who?] debate the strategic importance of the capture of the bridge at Remagen. General Eisenhower said that "the bridge is worth its weight in gold". However, few U.S. units were able to operate east of the Rhine ahead of the main crossings in the south, under Generals Patton and Bradley, and in the north, under Field Marshal Montgomery (Operation Plunder).

[img][/img] George Segal

Ultimately, only a limited number of troops were able to cross the Rhine before the bridge's collapse. However, the psychological advantage of having crossed the Rhine in force and in pursuit of the retreating Wehrmacht improved Allied morale while communicating disaster to the retreating Germans.

2 In the immediate days after the bridge's capture, the German Army Command desperately attempted to destroy the bridge by bombing it and having divers mine it. Hitler ordered a flying courts-martial that condemned five officers to death. Captain Bratge, who was in American hands, was sentenced in absentia while the other four (Majors Scheller, Kraft and Strobel, and Lieutenant Peters) were executed in the Westerwald Forest.

3 By the time of the bridge's collapse, the Americans had established a substantial bridgehead on the far side of the Rhine and had additional pontoon bridges in place. Because the pontoon bridges and other secured crossing points had supplanted the bridge, its loss was neither tactically nor strategically significant. Still, the Ludendorff Bridge remained important as the first point at which Allies crossed the Rhine.

4 During the filming in 1968, the Soviet Army invaded Czechoslovakia to reinstall a hard-line Communist government forcing the film cast and crew to flee to the West in taxis.

5 Much of the action was shot in the town of Most. The old town was being demolished by the communist authorities to make way for a new "new town". The destruction of Bohemian culture has remained a controversial act ever since. Bridge scenes were shot at Davle on the Vltava River.



George Segal - Lieutenant Phil Hartman
Robert Vaughn - Major Paul Krüger
Ben Gazzara - Sergeant Angelo
Bradford Dillman - Major Barnes
E. G. Marshall - General Shinner
Peter van Eyck - Generaloberst von Brock
Hans Christian Blech - Hauptmann Karl Schmidt
Heinz Reincke - Holzgang, the Mayor
Joachim Hansen - Captain Otto Baumann
Bo Hopkins - Corporal Grebs
Robert Logan - Private Bissell
Matt Clark - Corporal Jellicoe
Steve Sandor - Private Slavek
Richard Münch - General von Sturmer
Günter Meisner - Oberstgruppenführer Gerlach
Vít Olmer - Sergeant Zimring
Rudolf Jelínek - Private Manfred

Directed by John Guillermin
Produced by David L. Wolper
Written by Roger O. Hirson (story)
William Roberts
Richard Yates

Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Editing by William Cartwright
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
June 25, 1969
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English


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An underrated gem that shows a very gritty and realistic view of WW2 while also asking important questions about war. Recommended for fans of War films!!!

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