The Bridge at Remagen Reviews
Great WW2 drama, based on historic events. Very gritty, especially for its time. Quite realistic in its portrayal of the cynicism of the average soldier - it wasn't all unthinking, selfless courage, blindly following orders, flag-waving and gung-ho-ness. Probably quite novel in that regard, at the time.
Great action scenes, with reasonably accurate equipment. No post-WW2 tanks or, worst of all, US tanks masquerading as German tanks.
Solid performances, with George Segal (as Lt Hartman) to the fore.
* Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
* Mosquito Squadron (1970)
* Attack (1956)
* Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
stars George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Peter van Eyck, Hans Christian Blech, Fritz Ford and Anna Gael.
directed by John Guillermin.
Robert Vaughn is the standout delivery here, as the head-Nazi-in-charge stuck between a rock and a hard place. George Segal, as the central American solider, just sort of plods along.
Stronger casting would have helped this vehicle. This is fiction wound around a basic framework of fact. Yes, there was this one last bridge over the Rhine, there was some battling over it, the Nazis wanted to destroy it to keep the Allies from using it to access Das Vaterland - and Vaughan's ultimate fate is accurate. Much of the rest appears to be Hollywood pulp.
What's also not told is that the actual bridge collapsed just 10 days after its taking - and it didn't really matter since the Americans just used pontoon bridges instead. Which reveals just how undramatic & nonstrategic taking this bridge truly was.
The bridge was never rebuilt. The still-standing stone twin turrets at its entrance each fly a flag, one American, one German.
Loosely draws upon an eye-witness novel.
Visuals, including DeLuxe color, are good.
RECOMMENDATION: If you've already seen and enjoyed the above-named WW2 films, then this one belongs in your Flix queue as well, but your expectations should be slightly lowered.