A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Front Cover Actor
Dirk Bogarde Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning
James Caan Sgt. Eddie Dohun
Michael Caine Lt. Col. Joe Vandeleur
Sean Connery Maj. Gen. Robert Urquhart
Edward Fox Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks
Elliott Gould Col. Bobby Stout
Gene Hackman Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski
Anthony Hopkins Lt. Col. John Frost
Hardy Kruger Gen. Ludwig
Hardy Krüger Maj. Gen. Ludwig
Laurence Olivier Dr. Spaander
Ryan O'Neal Brig. Gen. James Gavin
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; War
Director Richard Attenborough
Writer Cornelius Ryan; William Goldman
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 175 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.0
Plot
It's late 1944, and the Allied armies are confident they'll win the World War II and be home in time for Christmas. What's needed, says British general Bernard Law Montgomery, is a knockout punch, a bold strike through Holland, where German troops are spread thin, that will put the Allies into Germany. Paratroops led by British major general Robert Urquhart (Sean Connery) and American brigadier general James Gavin (Ryan O'Neal) will seize a thin road and five bridges through Holland into Germany, with paratroops led by Lieutenant Col. John Frost (Sir Anthony Hopkins) holding the most critical bridge at a small town called Arnhem. Over this road shall pass combined forces led by British Lieutenant Gen. Brian Horrocks (Edward Fox) and British Lieutenant Col. Joe Vandeleur (Michael Caine). The plan requires precise timing, so much so that one planner tells Lieutenant Gen. Frederick Browning (Dirk Bogarde), "Sir, I think we may be going a bridge too far." The plan also has one critical flaw: Instead of a smattering of German soldiers, the area around Arnhem is loaded with crack SS troops. Disaster ensues. Based on a book by historian Cornelius Ryan, A Bridge Too Far is reminiscent of another movie based on a Ryan book, The Longest Day. Like that movie, it is loaded with more than 15 international stars, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Hardy Krueger, Gene Hackman, Maximilian Schell, and Liv Ullman. — Nick Sambides, Jr.
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 82
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 027616675729
Release Date 5/1/2001
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen