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November 11, 2017
i thought this was the best WWII movie ive ever seen. much better than gene hackman's much later work in the film behind enemy lines
October 31, 2017
Not sure if some of these critics walked into the right movie theater back in the day, because "A Bridge Too Far" is neither "boring," "tired," nor "predictable." Indeed, Richard Attenborough's 1977 account of Operation Market Garden is nothing short of epic, featuring jaw-dropping production values, a marvelous cast, and some sobering thematic statements on war and the Sisyphus-esque persistence that can unfold on the battlefield. Its patchwork-quilt-style story structure - courtesy of legendary screenwriter William Goldman - also really helps the audience feel engrained in the event therein, providing an intense, all-encompassing, and occasionally exhausting (in the best way) experience. Truly an underrated gem of a film that all history buffs and war film enthusiasts should see.
September 26, 2017
viewed on 3/9/04 (Fri)

My brother wanted me to borrow this. A war movie fan like him should enjoy this movie. The war scenes are spectacular. The narration does not stop for any melodrama. It is non-stop action all the way for almost three hours. It is very obvious that it is more concerned about telling the history straight than anything else.

What stellar cast too! Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Laurence Olivier, James Caan, Michael Caine etc. The director is Richard Attenborough. Surprisingly, the film receives no Oscar nominations... Too much of a heavy-going history lesson perhaps.

Rating: B
May 28, 2017
A great historical film with an A list cast this film is great. WATCH It!
November 12, 2016
As war film, it is superb! Some photograph is stunning. This film displays that you should not take your history from Hollywood. The basics of the story are true. Parachute drops seizing bridges and XXX Corps powering up a road and crossing them. Some of the detail is fiction. The US 82nd (Robert Redford) did not seize the Nijmegen bridge. XXX Corps and the Irish Guards did that. There was no photo reconn of German armour. None. The radios did work, but failed in Holland because of the iron content in the ground which they did not know about. British soldiers did not sit down and drink tea at every opportunity - my uncle was there and he laughed at that. The blame to the failure was 100% with General Gavin (Ryan O'Neil), who never seized the Nijmegen bridge immediately. All other did their job right (well apart from the mishap with the 101st when the Son bridge was blown, but XXX Corps ran over a Bailey bridge. I could go on and on.
May 29, 2016
Exhaustive, but fascinating film. Great cast too.
½ May 13, 2016
The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies' attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far.

A very well made film on one of WW2's more controversial operations. The movie captures well the scale of the endeavour and the heroism and resourcefulness involved. While most of the scenes are from the Allied side we also see the German command's perspective, and thus the strategic situation.

Very realistic and historically accurate.

Incredible cast, probably the greatest whose-who of actors ever assembled for one movie: Sean Connery, Laurence Olivier, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Ryan O'Neal, Edward Fox, James Caan, Maximilian Schell, Hardy Kruger, Liv Ullman, Elliott Gould, Denholm Elliott. Can't fault any of the performances though the salary bill must have been huge!

A must-see for anyone interested in history and/or for lovers of realistic, accurate war movies.
May 3, 2016
Great cast and a good war epic. But, it's hard to feel good about a movie where the Allies get their butt's kicked.
April 20, 2016
Richard Attenborough has made some of my favorite films, such as Gandhi and The Great Escape, but this is a very important film of a kind that doesn't often come along. Usually the winning side of a war writes the history and takes all the praise for itself. Seldom in film does the winning side look at its mistakes so closely as in this film. Perhaps that is why it did not make a great deal of money, and got no recognition by the Academy or Golden Globes and BFTA for the excellence of it's actors, directing and script. A Bridge Too Far shows how one man's mistake and inability to look at the evidence of the Dutch Resistance cost 13,000 to 20,00 some men their lives. I doubt that if I were General Browning or Field Marshall Montgomery that I could live with that fact. I have to wonder how they slept at night. It is easy to make a movie that shows the brilliant strategy of those in charge of your side in a war that you win. It is harder to point out that leaders on the winning side made major mistakes. One thing about the 1970s, the filmmakers did not show war to be a glorious experience where your side's leaders are always right. So we got films such as this one, films that tell the truth and show war for what it is. The Vietnam War had taught us a lesson. When I compare this film to the 1940s They Died With Their Boots On and others such as M*A*S*H, Patton, Apocalypse Now, and Catch 22, one can see how opinions about war had changed, but not enough to make this great movie a box office hit, especially since this film talks critically about real failure in WWII by leaders who would be somewhat idealized after the war. At least now it gets the recognition it deserves.
½ February 6, 2016
Star studded cast to say the least and a little long, but it seemed to follow the historical accounts of the mission decently well. A real interesting take on an ambitious mission where not much went right for the Allies and the consequences were heavy.
December 20, 2015
A few good performances but MUCH too long and uninspiring.
November 4, 2015
This is a well cast and acted movie with efficient dialogue that I think conveys the camaraderie and gallows humor of the situation. But there's something about war movies where they're always 30 minutes too long. I only need to see so many nazi machine gunners get shot in the face before my bloodlust is sated. Operation Market Garden had a lot of material to draw from and instead the plot just spun its treads in the mud like so many doomed panzers.
½ September 12, 2015
A very expansive WWII epic notable by the sheer size and notoriety of it's cast.
½ September 7, 2015
Interesting seeing a view of failure from the allies side. But seems distant and cold at times.
July 16, 2015
Quality war movie, though its too long and plods at a few too many points.
May 22, 2015
A sweeping war epic that has been heavily borrowed from in recent decades. The ensemble cast, massive scale of production, and unique portrayal of both strategy and tactics elevate this movie to classic status. While the subject can be depressing, its accurate portrayal is respectable.
½ April 5, 2015
It's a great war movie but it won't win over any new fans to the genre. The excitement of the all-star cast wears off quickly. It's all war talk, scenes of battle, people getting patted on the back or shot in the back, and random casualties of war dying for whatever reason. There's no single scene that really stand out and no memorable lines. It keeps a steady pace, but in this kind of movie that isn't really a good thing because it all just feels like you're watching the same scene the whole way through, even though it's almost epic in scope. But if you just want to see a classic war movie this is a good one. Realistic, brutal and good performances all around, but a little underwhelming.
½ March 8, 2015
A movie too long.
Richard Attenborough's war drama is a strikingly well made account of one of the allied failures of WWII, and though it attempts to capture the action from several points of view, it could have done with being half an hour shorter. The first act especially could easily have been abridged for reasons of pacing.
½ February 9, 2015
Kinda like The Longest Day and Battle of the Bulge, but better than both of them. It's the same idea, the first hour is the planning, then the battle as told from the British, Americans and Germans. It has some great big name actors, and for the time the script is really good and not too 'old'. Everything in it is authentic, not like other older movies that substitute a modern tank with some minor paint changes, this movie has all real allied vehicles and equipment. The Germans are good too, with authentic equipment, armored cars and half tracks. For their tanks they used a modern tank, but added additional steel around it to make it into a far more convincing Panther tank. They went very far to get it all correct, and it stands out to other movies of the time, and for years to come. It also has some blood and gore that is not seen in war movies of the time. A famous, authentic, and realistic film that is well done, powerful, and convincing. It's a long movie, that seperates the old war movies from the new, but still can be considered a classic. Great, long, and well filmed movie.
January 5, 2015
"A Bridge Too Far" might be a few minutes too long, but that doesn't stop it from being a powerful, borderline subversive war film. The film could have been made more emotionally potent had its plethora of plots been tightened somewhat (James Caan's character, good as his performance is, is completely unnecessary) but the cumulative impact undercuts the traditional gung-ho of Hollywood war pictures, emphasizing the price paid in blood for military disasters. "Bridge" reminds me of a less philosophical/artistic "Thin Red Line", hitting on many of the same themes, but lacking the beautiful emotional and spiritual core that elevated Malick's similarly paced and ambling war film.
In the same way as Malick, however, director Attenborough punishes his audience with the true to history calamities that befell the Allied forces during Operation Market Garden, with some of the finest World War II battle sequences put to film. The cinematography is remarkable, one German charge to retake a bridge is particularly memorable, as well as the initial British tank charge. Sean Connery turns in a wonderful performance, and several other big name stars have notable cameos (Robert Redford's is affecting).
Unfortunately, "Bridge's" occasionally unfocused storytelling undercuts the propulsive sense of impending doom in the last act, and some tighter editing would have done the film well (it goes straight past a perfect and haunting final shot, with a chilling hymn rendition, to continue to a far less affecting final shot) but regardless, "Bridge" is a bleak and provocative war film that, despite its flaws, draws dramatic and powerful attention to the often tragic futilities and arrogance of man during war.
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