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This epic film is set in September 1944 after the successful Allied landings at Normandy during WWII. Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery's plan included the largest allied airborne assault in military history in an attempt to capture six German held bridges. Montgomery felt that if this lofty goal could be accomplished, the war in Europe could be ended by December. Allied soldiers, some 35,000 of them, had nine days to cover 300 miles with the goal of capturing each bridge intact. Operation Market Garden failed due to a combination of faulty intelligence, worse weather, and possibly even bad luck. In the end the bridge at Arnhem was held by the Germans and the British paratroopers there in large part were either captured or killed.
A Bridge Too Far is a spectacular film and is actually recreated on many of the actual battlefield locations. A total of 500,000 feet of footage was shot for the film even though only 17,000 feet was actually used. Joseph Levine, the producer, felt so strongly about bringing this story to film that he actually financed much of the movie's budget from his own funds.
What really makes this movie impressive is the cast. I doubt a film ever boasted so many talented actors all appearing in a film with virtually equal billing. Appearing in the movie was James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Redford, Maximillian Schell and so many more. Talk about an all star cast.
Director Richard Attenborough presents a powerful film with incredible performances by the actors, all encompassing battle scenes, and stunning cinematography, all of which make this an excellent WWII movie.
This is Sir Richard Attenborough's expensive epic, all-star-cast film about the true story of Operation Market Garden of WWII. It is an adaptation by William Goldman of Cornelius Ryan's text.
And the story goes, that in 1944, the Allies want to hurry up the end of WWII by taking control of 6 bridges that connect Germany to Holland. It turns out to be a notoriously failed attempt by the Allies. The film is an epic at nearly 3 hours long. However, with the likes of Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, Sir Anthony Hopkins & Sir Laurence Olivier among the formidable actors stacking the deck of this amazing cast, Attenborough's ambitious film, with a cast of thousands more, is awe inspiring & positively rivetting.
This is the Collector's Edition that has 2 discs~
A great film. A throwback from when epic films were made with epic casts and lots of memorable, big scenes. The last of it's kind.
A decent transfer. It may not be up to The Longest Day, or Bridge on River Kwai remaster standards. But it is a noticeable improvement over the DVD.
No extras is the only real problem. Where's the extras? There should've been plenty for a film this grand and with this many still alive stars and crew.
One of the best WWII films. With a good Blu-ray transfer.
A top notch cast of stars in this movie about the ill fated operation called
"Market Garden" during WWII. Great war action and excellent casting recalls
how the allies parachute 3 airborne Divisions to capture key bridges in order
to open up a crossing on the Rhine River. The key bridge on this operation
is the Bridge at Arnham that is too be captured and held by British airborne
troops. Things come apart when they land in Arnham and find two German Panzer
Divisions in the area. Good war action for the history buffs in your family
and will fill a night for sure as the movie is a bit long.
Hollywood’s big screen coverage of one of the most daring and imaginative operations of World War Two, Operation Market-Garden. A cornucopia of popular late 1970’s actors to be gathered for one movie. Fantastic in its scope. Even features a young Anthony Hopkins as Colonel Frost who held Arnhem bridge for almost four days while the rest of his division was tied up in a fiasco of unprecedented scale. Attenborough did well here for bringing Ryan’s book to life. This DVD set is a must for serious military history fans.