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  • Actors: Stanley Maxted, Thomas Scullion, Allan Wood
  • Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DR2QF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Theirs is the Glory earned some of the highest critical praise ever afforded a British wartime docudrama. This is the filmed record of the ill-fated and possibly the most harrowing battles of WWII the Battle of Arnhem. In September of 1944, when the Allied forces combined to force a total German retreat from Holland. The "bridge too far" at Arnhem proved to be the Waterloo of this particular strategy, due to a series of unforeseen mishaps and miscalculations. Of the 10,000 troops engaged in the offensive, 8,000 lost their lives. Without sugar-coating the disaster, the film points out the courage and sacrifice of the men involved in the mission. Brian Desmond Hurst directed Theirs is the Glory, with the majority of the cast made up of the actual survivors. Said by actual survivors to be the most accurate portrayal of the events surrounding Arnhem The basis for the film A Bridge Too Far.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By G. Boniface on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
This film is about the involvement of the British 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem. What the film lacks in the skill of its actors and the blood and gore more prevalent in modern war films, is made up for in the authenticity of location and detail. Filmed within a year of the battle, the directors decided against using professional actors, instead making use of actual veterans, both British and Dutch. The film was also shot in and around Arnhem and other locations before any significant reconstruction had occurred. The battle damage to the buildings and the key bridges so important in the real battle is authentic. Props used in the film are also authentic. You will see genuine German Panther tanks, and half-tracks being driven along the narrow Dutch streets, and the British paratroopers using PIATs, and 6 Pdr anti-tank guns in turn. There is also excellent original combat footage of the landings spliced into the story. In this sense, the movie is a fitting memorial to those who British paratroopers and Dutch civilians caught up in this monumental battle.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By James Christie on 17 April 2007
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This film is very unusual in that it used the soldiers who'd taken part in the battle only 11 months previously to recreate it on site. They were still serving soldiers, and that gives it an authenticity lacking in most war films. My father fought at Arnhem, and appeared in the film with a small speaking part. It was moving seeing and hearing my 21 year old father in this context.

He told me a story about how vivid the whole experience was for the "actors". There was a scene where two stretcher bearers had to carry a casualty on a stretcher when mortar shells started falling. There were charges placed in the ground, ready to be exploded at the right moment. The two soldiers set off carrying their casualty, and then when the charges started exploding the casualty leapt from his stretcher and dived for cover along with the other two. For these men, the war was more than just a memory.

Watching this film in the knowledge that these were the actual soldiers, in the very spot where they'd fought makes this film more moving and compelling that it could have been if professional actors had been used. Yes, the acting is a bit wooden at times, but everything else is movingly realistic.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By N. Yates on 3 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
I love this film for its historical context. The acting is pretty poor - and that's what makes it great, no Holywood stars in it for the money! The actors are soldiers who actually fought at Arnhem and returned after the war to help record their little piece of history. If you want a window into the past then look no further (it was filmed in Arnhem among the post-war ruins) and uses newsreel footage as well as re-enactment). If you enjoy military history without the Hollywod frills then this is a must for the collection. It is an often emotional tale - especially when you ponder for any length of time the number of men who never returned; Theirs is the Glory!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Old Git on 10 April 2007
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I took my very good friend Ted Dempsey back to Arnhem last Year to visit The place where he landed by Glider in 1944.I bought Him a copy of this DVD..and He is on it..Awesome DVD,a real tribute to the Men that Fought on all Sides....forgot to mention that Ted is 87.This Film was recorded in 1945 using original Members of the Airborne Brigade that ACTUALLY fought the original battle of Arnhem.Ted Served with C (Company) 1st Battalion Border Regt,and was wounded and captured.A fitting tribute to Ted and all the Men of the Airborne Forces who fought so valiantly in this heroic action.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Koektok on 28 Oct. 2011
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For all people who have an interest in what happened during September 1944 in Oosterbeek, Arnhem, Renkum and Wolfheze, I have one word of advice:
buy this film.
Watch it, think about the changed lives of all those poor boys, Allied as well as Germans, and then add a sprinkling of understanding of the level of terrific hardships the Dutch population endured, think about the fatalities and bereavements, think of all the bravery and reflect!
Two things make this film very special: the fact that the actors are the actual soldiers and the final scene, in the Nissan hut.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan Walder on 9 Dec. 2011
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Fascinating accompaniment to "A Bridge Too Far", with real troops, in real locations, plus some real footage. However, as you'd expect from a film made so close to when the events portrayed actually happened, this film lacks the more critical appraisal of Market Garden that you get from Cornelius Ryan's book or the film.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By custer 1876 on 30 Mar. 2012
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in my opinion this is the best war film ever made to date.simply because you have men who actualey fought in the arnhem battle staring in the film, real soldiers, not actors, most of these brave men were suffering from shellshock/ pdsd, when they were making this film. during the making of the film they were still finding bodies of some of their comrades,and some of the streets could not be used for filming because of dangerous ruined buildings and uxb,s . I think the cast do a fantastic job under these conditions. And the kit in this film is fantastic, real horsa gliders, tiger tanks, panther tanks,panzer 111, 17 pdr anti tank gun, 6 pdr anti tank gun, 75mm pack gun , jeeps, bren carriers, dakotas, etc. I have been a arnhem buff all my life and have spoken to many vetrans of the battle over the years and i have so much respect for these guys , of which so many did not return to their loved ones, And i think this film is lasting testement to their courage , a fantastic film ,theirs truly is their glory
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