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A Bridge Too Far Academy Award Nomination! 

By Robert Lane

This massive 1977 adaptation by director Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) of Cornelius Ryan's novel features an all-star cast in an epic rendering of a daring but ultimately disastrous raid behind enemy lines in Holland during the Second World War. A lengthy and exhaustive look at the mechanics of warfare and the price and futility of war, the film is almost too large for its aims but manages to be both picaresque and affecting, particularly in the performance of James Caan. The impressive cast includes Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, and Liv Ullmann among others. While not a classic war film, it nevertheless manages to be a consistently interesting and exciting adventure.

Academy Awards

A Bridge Too Far received an Academy Awards nomination for Film Editing (Eve Newman, Walter Hannemann).

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"My Grandfather flew air support missions to trapped units for Operation Market / Garden - which is what this film is about. So, I guess I probably get more out of this film than others. Though not as "gritty" and shocking as modern World War 2 films such as Saving Private Ryan - A Bridge Too Far is still an incredible movie.

Epic in scale with a long roster of major stars - I feel it honestly portrays the bravery, fear, tragic loss, and ultimate frustration experienced by the allied forces as they attempted the failed invasion of Holland.

I highly recommend the WIDESCREEN version - available on both VHS and DVD. The black bars may be annoying to some on a square TV screen - but this epic production has much more of an impact if watched in its original theatrical 2.35 aspect ratio.

Enjoy."

--Doug

"My Grandfather flew air support missions to trapped units for Operation Market / Garden - which is what this film is about. So, I guess I probably get more out of this film than others. Though not as "gritty" and shocking as modern World War 2 films such as Saving Private Ryan - A Bridge Too Far is still an incredible movie. Epic in scale with a long roster of major stars - I feel it honestly portrays the bravery, fear, tragic loss, and ultimate frustration experienced by the allied forces as they attempted the failed invasion of Holland. I highly reccomend the WIDESCREEN version - available on both VHS and DVD. The black bars may be annoying to some on a square TV screen - but this epic production has much more of an impact if watched in its original theatrical 2.35 aspect ratio."

--Doug

 

FILM FACTS

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Director: Richard Attenborough

Stars: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, James Caan, Dirk Bogarde, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Gene Hackman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Hardy Kruger, Arthur Hill, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell, Liv Ullmann

Released: June 15, 1977

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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