Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959)




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Bernhard Wicki's directorial debut, this is an excellent little film with little plot and no known names on the roster. In the final days of World War II, German teenagers join the Nazi army in a futile attempt to stop the enemy invasion. A sympathetic officer places the boys as guards of a seemingly unimportant bridge. The seven youths are thrown into battle when American tanks unexpectedly appear and try to cross the bridge. The film has a definite anti-war message.
Art House & International , Drama
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Jochen Severin Productions

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Folker Bohnet
as Hans Scholten
Fritz Wepper
as Albert Mutz
Michael Hinz
as Walter Forst
Frank Glaubrecht
as Jurgen Borchert
Fritz Vepper
as Albert Mutz
Karl Michael Balzer
as Karl Horber
Volker Lechtenbrink
as Klaus Hager
Guenther Hoffman
as Sigi Bernhard
Cordula Trantow
as Franziska
Günter Pfitzmann
as Cpl. Heilmann
Ruth Hausmeister
as Mrs. Mutz
Eva Vaitl
as Mrs. Borchert
Edith Schultze-Westrum
as Mrs. Bernhard
Hans Elwenspoek
as Mr. Forst
Trudy Breitschopf
as Mrs. Forst
Kalus Hellmold
as Mr. Horber
Inge Benz
as Sigrun
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Director Bernhard Wicki's precise and gripping staging of the final battle brings the tragedy of war sickeningly alive.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
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One of the best anti-war movies ever ... it's unusual to see German soldiers portrayed in a human light, much less courageous teenagers who think they are doing the right thing.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015

a devastating portrayal of enthusiasm for the glories of war, fueled in equal parts by youthful naiveté and political indoctrination, crashing against the realities of human bloodshed

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
Q Network Film Desk

That it is Hitler doing the exploiting has little relevance to the overriding theme of tragic history humanity remains doomed to repeat: sending naive young men--and, at some times and places, boys--to their ends.

Full Review… | July 3, 2015
Groucho Reviews

... a searing portrait of young soldiers unprepared for the realities of war thanks to the fantasies of Nazi propaganda.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Parallax View

Wicki brings a tremendous sense of confidence to the project, letting the details of life on the home front heighten the tragedy to come.

Full Review… | June 22, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Die Brücke (The Bridge)


One of the best anti-war films ever made, a powerful look at the waning days of WWII through German eyes.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

A really great and interesting view of the war. I really connected with the kids and found myself pleading that the Americans would'nt come over the bridge, even though I'm British. A heartfelt story or the useless war losses.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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