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The Bridge At Remagen 1968


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In March 1945 the war in Europe is nearly at an end. German troops, led by Major Kreuger (Robert Vaughn), are ordered to blow up the only bridge left leading into the Rhineland to prevent entry by the allies. Meanwhile, American US Lieutenant Hartman (George Segal) and his platoon close in on the bridge, hoping to put a swift end to the bloody combat.

E.G. Marshall, Bo Hopkins
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Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring E.G. Marshall, Bo Hopkins, George Segal, Pe, Fritz Ford, Anna Gael, Peter Van Eyck, Bradford Dillman, Tom Heaton, Matt Clark, Ben Gazzara, Robert Vaughn
Director John Guillermin
Genres Drama
Rental release 5 May 2003
Main languages English
Dubbing German, Spanish, Italian, French
Subtitles Greek, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Danish, Italian, French, Norwegian, Czech
Hearing impaired subtitles German, English

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The Bridge at Remagen is directed by John Guillermin and collectively adapted to screenplay by William Roberts, Richard Yates and Roger O. Hirson from the book The Bridge at Remagen: The Amazing Story of March 7, 1945. It stars George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara, Bradford Dillman and E.G. Marshall. A Panavision/ De Luxe Color production, music is by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography by Stanley Cortez.

Film is a fictionalised account of the battle for control of The Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine during the tail end of World War II.

A war film that's rich with action and no little intelligence as it views the battle equally from both sides of the warring factions. The bridge is crucial to the war effort to both sides, but for different reasons, here the narrative is a little complex so total investment in the dialogue is strongly recommended. The characterisations are high quality, even if the war is hell weariness of the American soldiers had been done many times before in other notable war movies. Guillermin thrusts the psychologically hurt soldiers into desperate combat situations, from which we the viewers indulge in seeing the survival of the fittest. A sweeping score from Bernstein, gritty looking photography by Cortez, and a cast giving good turns, rounds this out as a thoroughly enjoyable World War II picture. 7/10
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2011
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Nothing that happens onscreen in The Bridge at Remagen is half as interesting as what happened behind the scenes. After shooting in Germany or Italy was deemed too expensive, to keep the budget down the producers decided to film the WW2 epic in Czechoslovakia, with the Czech government even allowing them to blow up most of the town of Most. Unfortunately they chose to shoot in 1968, and the Russians spread the rumour that the film was a ruse to allow America to secretly send in troops and tanks and occupy the country and that desperate Czechs were begging the Russian army to liberate then from this American invasion - which, as humanitarians, they duly did that August, causing the film crew to bolt for the border in a fleet of 28 taxis and end up filming in Italy and Germany after all.

A heavily fictionalised account of the battle for the last bridge standing over the Rhine in the dying days of WW2 when the Germans were turning on themselves and the Allies were recklessly racing each other to get to Berlin first, it's less A Bridge Too Far and more a particularly lavish old-fashioned combat movie with plenty of nods to late 60s cynicism. Director John Guillermin marshals his often impressive forces well, and the film certainly delivers spectacle - it blows one real bridge up before the opening credits and most of the town of Most for real in an air raid sequence - while there's some excellent helicopter photography in the opening scenes to emphasise the speed of the race to the Rhine and the scale of the film. An undervalued craftsman, his direction is the film's strongest card, elevating the film from its fairly predictable but decent enough script.
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Like so many films whose subject is WWII, this one is based in part on real events. But, again, as is typical, more than a small amount of license has been used in jazzing up events. The core events - that the Remagen bridge was captured intact despite the Germans trying to blow it up - are true enough, but the exact manner and detail are not.

But the main point, for me at any rate, is that this is a rip-snorting good war movie: full of action, with characters on both sides we can both admire and/or detest, well plotte and directed, with enough attention paid to authenticity of fear and uniform to be credible, etc. And this baby fires on all cylinders.

All the principal leads, George Segal and Ben Gazzara on the US/Allied side and Robert Vaughan on the German, are excellent, as are many of the supporting cast. I always like to see Hans Christian Blech, who's in very well known The Longest Day and more obscure Decision Before Dawn, but is always good. Bradford Dillman is an American officer that the rank and file love to hate, and Günter Meisner is appropriately horrible as an ardently Nazi SS officer.

The plot, grounded as it is in historical reality, with the Germans torn between allowing their own troops to withdraw, and preventing the Allies capturing the bridge, makes for a gripping and exciting scenario. This basic premise is expertly handled and creatively elaborated by producer David Wolper and director John Guillermin (the latter also directed I Was Monty's Double and The Blue Max), and has a good stirring score by Elmer Bernstein.

The lines between myth and reality in relation to war are, I find, fascinating.
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This is one of those films you've probably seen bits of on several rainy Sunday afternoons, whilst channel flicking! It is actually a very good film with notable appearances from Robert Vaughn and George Segal.

It recreates the actual events surrounding the battle for, and capture of, the bridge of the films title. It is a well made film with lots of action sequences, quite gritty at times, showing the desperate nature of war, and the struggle to capture a key asset for both Germany and the allies. A small force of Germans lead by Robert Vaughn try to desperately hold back the advancing Americans, who are trying to capture the bridge before the defenders can blow it up.

It is one of those war films that doesn't make you think too much, but has enough depth to make you engage with the characters, with generally good all round acting and dialogue, but the real star of the film is the bridge itself - how does it still manage to stay up?....

Definitely recommended good action flick.
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