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The Bridges At Toko-Ri [VHS]

William Holden , Grace Kelly , Mark Robson    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney, Robert Strauss
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Writers: James A. Michener, Valentine Davies
  • Producers: George Seaton, William Perlberg
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 16 Jun 1997
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIDN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,656 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A powerful study of courage in the face of irrational odds, The Bridges at Toko-Ri (based on James Michener's novel) is no less patriotic than many other war films, but it dispenses with the gung-ho bluster to focus on the very real and tragic consequences of war. This is also one of the first films to openly criticise the morality of the Korean War while praising the honour and integrity of the men who fought it. Lt Harry Brubaker (William Holden) is one of those men: a lawyer with a loving wife (Grace Kelly) and two young daughters, who is recalled to duty from the Navy Reserve, his mission; to fly with a bomber jet squadron over one of the Communists' most heavily protected targets, the strategically vital bridges in the Korean canyon of Toko-Ri.

Brubaker has his own noble protection from his fellow pilots (including Charles McGraw in a fine supporting role), admiring admiral (Frederic March), and from the helicopter scouts (Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman) who saved his life on a previous missions. But his ambivalence--and his fear that the Toko-Ri mission will be his last--is what gives the film its potent emotional impact. Holden is perfect in his role, and director Mark Robson steadfastly avoids any false sentiment or macho theatrics that would diminish the film's devastating climax. The Bridges at Toko-Ri is also a superlative showcase for the naval operations; the aerial sequences earned an Oscar for special effects and the Navy's cooperation assures total authenticity in the "flat-top" aircraft carrier scenes. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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During the Korean War, happily married and retired fighter pilot Lt. Harry Brubaker (William Holden) is convinced to take to the skies once more to help stop the spread of Communism. Feeling that he has already done more than enough for his country in World War II, he resents having to spend long stretches of time on battleships, away from his wife Nancy (Grace Kelly).

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The bridges between generations past 6 Nov 2003
I found this movie enjoyable to watch. It starts off well with an aircraft in trouble and the rescue of one pilot. In some places it tends to sway from the story line but this is more beneficial than handicapping.
The caste is good and Mickey Rooney plays his part exceptionally well as a helicopter pilot.
The film overall is good and draws you into the story geographically. The visual effects are real and not computer generated and if you are an aviation buff or into realism,it is well worth seeing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch action and period footage 25 July 2009
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Great film from start to finish. On top of the action you get brilliant footage of Grumman Panthers jets and Sikorski Dragonfly helicopters. All in all a top notch movie with an important sub plot of 'wifely' patriotism in supporting their aviator husbands returning to fight (soon after WW2) in the non too popular Korean war. Well played by all the actors and a great story line. 5 stars !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Korean war is hell 4 July 2012
Starring William Holden, Grace Kelly and Frederick March this big screen version of James H Michener's Korean War novel was released just a year after the official end of the war. Aided by the US navy the film is a tribute to the Korean fliers and rescue teams sent behind the lines to rescue downed pilots. Holden is a Panther pilot who's mission is to bomb the heavily defended bridges at Toko Ri, Grace Kelly is his understandably worried wife and Frederick March his surrogate father. Director Robson does a great job, the flying sequences are superb, the tactics accurate and the special effects are the very best for it's time. There is also excellent support from Micky Rooney, Charles McGraw, Robert Strauss and Earl Holliman. Holden insisted that the original downbeat ending be retained which probably had something to do with his own brother's death in the Second World War. If you're interested in the Korean war, aircraft carriers, helicoptors or first generation jet fighters then this film is for you. Incidentally, the aircraft carrier used, USS Oriskany, was sunk as an artificial reef off the coast of Florida in 2006.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
1954's The Bridges at Toko-Ri is pretty thin stuff - and seemed even thinner still when it was reworked without acknowledgement and updated to the Vietnam war in Flight of the Intruder - but what little it does, it does surprisingly well. There's not much plot as William Holden's jet bomber pilot starts to suffer a mild attack of nerves in the run-up to a dangerous mission, and, like his resentment over losing his career as a lawyer when drafted to fight in what he sees as a pointless war no-one cares about, it tends to skirt around anything that might cast too controversial a light on the Korean War while Frederic March's admiral who takes a paternal interest in him reassures him of the Truman Doctrine (if they don't stop the Commies here, they'll be fighting them in Mississippi). Even Grace Kelly as his long separated wife doesn't get much of a part, simply there as part of the kind of loving family the commies obviously don't have and who is the real reason the fight has to go on. Her biggest scene is having to listen to March's party pooper telling her how his daughter in law became an alcoholic nymphomaniac and his wife a basket case after his sons were killed in action, which is his way of preparing her for the possibility that Holden may not make it to the end credits, but otherwise she's just there to smile and be supportive.

But, in return for beating the drum for American involvement and pushing the pipe dream that all it would take to win the war is one spectacular bombing mission to sap the enemy's morale, the producers get two aircraft carriers, a rescue helicopter, numerous real jets and 17 other ships to play with, and director Mark Robson makes sure that Paramount gets their money's worth by showcasing them in genuinely spectacular fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Chosen Few. Task Force 77. 27 Feb 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Bridges at Toko-Ri is directed by Mark Robson and adapted to screenplay by Valentine Davies from the novel written by James A. Michener. It stars William Holden, Earl Holliman, Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Fredric March, Robert Strauss and Charles McGraw. Music is by Lyn Murray and cinematography by Lloyd Griggs.

A good strong and solid Koran War movie that finds Holden as a wise old pilot taking on a mission to blow up the bridges of the title deep in enemy territory. Focusing more on character drama than action, a good portion of the film concerns itself with Holden's Lt. Harry Brubaker and his relationship with his wife, Nancy (Kelly), and two of his charges, Mike Forney (Rooney) and Nestor Gamidge (Holliman).

The big budget and the big cast ensure it's an ever watchable production, with the futility of war message not over done, no need for excessive blood and violence here and the aerial special effects are most impressive. The final mission is superbly constructed by Robson and his team, and most likely on reflection can be viewed as influential on a certain future blockbuster movie.

Uplifting and startlingly moving into the bargain, this is very much a case of the big questions, Why me? Why are we here anyway?, being pertinent and portrayed with grace and splendour. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very good film but unfortunately it was a region one
a very good film but unfortunately it was a region one, not two and so I had to watch this dvd on my laptop how ever it isa good film and the postage and the price of the dvd was... Read more
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A classic in its own right. Gritty story with great special effects for the time. Acting was good and picture quality as pristine as you can get. Wonderful nostalgic film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Combat fatigue
I quite enjoyed this movie, although Gregory Peck does a far better job as the victim of combat fatigue in 'Twelve o'Clock High. Read more
Published on 29 May 2012 by lycidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot to trot
first class video, enjoyed every minute. Have seen this movie over 5 times. Was building a model of the panther jet and wanted to see this video again to check colour scheme etc
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by scottie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridges At Toko Ri
Outstanding Film, William Holden does an excellent job, and the flying scenes are done very well, if you love Naval Aviation this is a must see film.
Published on 27 April 2011 by A. Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but looking a little dated
Excellent acting (especially, I like Micky Rooney) but the overall storyline is now a little dated. It's still worth Amazon's price
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by Aremess
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
This film with the superb actor William Holden and the beautiful actress Grace Kelly ranks to my mind as one of the great post war motion pictures. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by Michael J. Greenspan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bridges at Toko Ri
Enjoyable film about the Korean War. Love interest a little over-done, but good acting by William Holden and Mickey Rooney.
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by BRITTANY BABE
5.0 out of 5 stars Korea
One of the best films about the Korean conflict only shown occationly shown on television
Published on 5 Dec 2009 by Mr. Paul J. Clawson
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