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A Bridge Too Far [DVD] [1977]

Sean Connery , Ryan O'Neal , Richard Attenborough    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Gene Hackman
  • Directors: Richard Attenborough
  • Writers: Cornelius Ryan, William Goldman
  • Producers: John Palmer, Joseph E. Levine, Michael Stanley-Evans, Richard P. Levine
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metro Goldwyn Mayer
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2005
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z2YY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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This classic 1977 epic war film features perhaps the most astonishing star cast. It is 2 hours 49 minutes long and tells the story of perhaps the most disastrous battle of the war.

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sprawling, beautifully filmed epic 1 Nov 2004
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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film let down by Blu Ray transfer 25 Aug 2012
I am not sure what another reviewer who has posted on the supposed excellence of the Blu Ray transfer means, but on my Blu Ray copy, the picture is grainy in places, often flickers or shakes, and the colours very often appear washed out. It may be that the best available print was used, but that is not saying much. Sound is not great either. I am not convinced that for this film the Blu Ray is worth extra money over the DVD.

The film itself is entertaining enough, although it does sometimes feel like a series of star cameos stitched together rather than a coherent whole. It's now difficult to relate to the controversy it caused when released, but it is undeniably beautifully shot and beautifully acted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War II collection.
I have a few discs and many tapes ofr the second world war and this one is addition to that collection.
Published 2 months ago by Michael B.
4.0 out of 5 stars A true W W 2 Film
A true war story, acted well with great casting of some well known faces. The action scenes are so realistic
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5.0 out of 5 stars great classic
good british war film, an old classic well worth watching, realistic true story staring some top actors and some great affects
Published 3 months ago by keef
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This summer some friends and myself are going on a road trip visiting most of the places mentioned in the film, so it was good to see the events unfolding in the film.
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