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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, English, French
  • Dubbed: Italian, French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028IYQRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Attenborough's star-studded account of the failed 1944 Arnheim assault. Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Robert Redford and Sean Connery are among those battling against insurmountable odds - foul weather, bad luck, negligence on the part of intelligence officers - to secure one of the bridges essential to the Allied advance into Germany. Gene Hackman, Michael Caine and Anthony Hopkins also star. The screenplay is by William Goldman ('Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'All the President's Men').

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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. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 1 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
This is an impressive adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's bestseller about the disastrous events that took place in September 1944, where the mission to take and hold the bridges that bordered Holland and Germany was unsuccessful, and human toll tragic, with approximately 8,000 casualties in the allied forces, and an equal number of Germans falling in battle. The script by William Goldman and direction by Richard Attenborough holds the many threads of this piece of complex history together, and makes it understandable to the viewer; so much went wrong, from the incorrect, misinterpreted or ignored intelligence, to the basic flaws in the plan.
The introduction before the titles is fascinating, with marvelous archive footage to illustrate a narration of aspects of the war, and the planning of "Operation Market-Garden".
The megastar cast is too numerous to mention, but standouts are Sean Connery as Major General Roy Urquart, James Caan, Michael Caine, and Edward Fox, who won 2 international awards for Supporting Actor. Maximilian Schell is excellent as a German general, and when the Nazi side of the story is told, the actors speak German, with English subtitles, adding to the realism of the film.
The cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth is spectacular, some of it very innovative, and with intense beauty; a rousing score by John Addison also adds a lot to the film.
"A Bridge Too Far" was Cornelius Ryan's last big best-seller, and no cost was spared in this ambitious production, costing $ 26 million, a huge amount in 1977.
A must see for anyone who appreciates history on film. Total running time is 176 minutes.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The Allied attempt to seize strategic bridges from German control was ambitious, perhaps overly so - and "Operation Market Garden" was an event often brushed aside or misleadingly referred to as a partial success. This film (based on Cornelius Ryan's written account of events) is a near three hour epic which not only shows what happened, but it also highlights the personal stories of some of the men involved. The film starts with a black and white archive video showing scenes from the second world war, they explain the political and military situation five years in. It's an interesting use of library footage and sets up straight away the position of the war so far.

Trying to create a realistic recreation of the biggest ever parachute assault was no easy task but Richard Attenborough directs superbly to bring the story to the screen in a truly epic way. The earlier parts of the film involve some impressive shots of aircraft and skies dotted with countless parachutes - well before the days of CGI, this looks tangibly real. The film really nails the stark look of war, with bombed out buildings, cratered landscapes, and unwashed bloodstained soldiers. It's a sobering depiction which contrasts well with the optimistic "tally-ho" speech before the troops finally drop behind enemy lines.

Operation Market Garden resulted in several Airborne division at different locations, this feature follows some of those divisions and shows that the level of military success varied massively. The first landing was relatively easy with German resistance minimal and unorganised, but the wave of optimism subsided when subsequent landings at other bridges faced tougher opposition, communication problems, and lack of supplies/relief.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The star studded cast in this film speaks for the film's excellence alone. Actors such as Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman and Anthony Hopkins come together to combine their acting skills. Primarily, the fighting scenes are well structured, with none of the desperado "one man kills fifty men alone" sort of scenes, but instead concentrates on the viewers adrenaline, and the drama of battle. Even if you know the outcome of Arnhem before you watch the film, you cannot stop yourself wishing 30 Corps will rush to the paratroopers' rescue. For me the most poingant part of the film, was the bit where the wounded paratroops were sat on the lawns of a Dutch mansion , singing a hymn to pass the time waiting for the Germans to capture them, while their able bodied comrades retreated to safety. Get this film! It is an amazing war movie, which has Americans in cast, but does not neglect the British role in the affair.
Quite simply excellent.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 28 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
- History -
Operation Market-Garden, begun in September 1944, was an Allied military campaign led by Montgomery, the senior British field commander, in the latter stages of World War II. While the Allies were still in France, a plan had to be formulated for making the major push into German territory, a difficult task, considering the Rhine River (one of the major rivers of the world) provided a natural defensive border with the majority of the German homeland. Planning offensive operations required taking this into account, and how the forces would cross the river and remain safe while doing so, rather than have bottlenecks that would make the forces easy targets.
While Patton was in the south, pushing through France on the backside of the old Maginot line, Montgomery hit upon an idea to seize a series of bridges across the various rivers that made up the geography of the Low Countries, all the way up to Arnhem, one of the northern-most major bridges across the Rhine, a bridge outside of German territory, but a good jumping-off point for invading northern Germany. His plan won approval, and in one of the largest military operations of the war, a major push was developed to secure the bridges. This had the largest airborne component of any battle in the war, as troops were airlifted and dropped into position around each bridge, charged to hold the bridges until ground forces pushed northward linking up logistic and defensive lines toward each spot.
Operation Market-Garden was actually two operations -Market was the airborne component; Garden was the ground component. It was meant to take the Germans by surprise (which it did) and exploit their disorganisation (which was, sadly for the Allies, not as severe as intelligence predicted).
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