A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far

Richard Attenborough (1977)

168min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Richard Attenborough's epic retelling of one of the Second World War's biggest debacles is impressive enough, with its eye-catching list of stars, fabulous parachute-drop sequences and superb Panavision photography from Geoffrey Unsworth. But the depressing nature of this moving story of human suffering and sacrifice makes for grim, unedifying viewing, no matter how cleverly writer William Goldman has created drama from the event. Only Sean Connery and Edward Fox really shine in an all-star cast that includes Dirk Bogarde, Gene Hackman, Laurence Olivier, Elliott Gould, James Caan and Robert Redford, though Hardy Kruger and Maximilian Schell emerge with credibility as Germans.

Summary

Fact-based drama recreating the famous Second World War battle for Arnhem, as Allied forces try to capture a series of strategically important bridges and cut off the Germans from their retreat through Europe. Starring Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Edward Fox and Laurence Olivier. Based on the book by Cornelius Ryan, and directed by Richard Attenborough.

Cast & Crew

Lt Gen Frederick Browning Dirk Bogarde
Staff Sergeant Eddie Dohun James Caan
Lt Col Joe Vandeleur Michael Caine
Maj Gen Robert Urquhart Sean Connery
Lt Gen Brian Horrocks Edward Fox
Colonel Bobby Stout Elliott Gould
Maj Gen Stanislaw Sosabowski Gene Hackman
Lt Col John Frost Anthony Hopkins
Maj Gen Ludwig Hardy Kruger
Dr Spaander Laurence Olivier
Brig Gen James M Gavin Ryan O'Neal
Major Julian Cook Robert Redford
Lt Gen Bittrich Maximilian Schell
Kate Ter Horst Liv Ullmann
RAF meteorologist officer Denholm Elliott
Field Marshal von Rundstedt Wolfgang Preiss
Major Steele Stephen Moore
Lt Col Giles Vandeleur Michael Byrne
Private Wicks Paul Copley
Captain Glass Nicholas Campbell
Corporal Davies Alun Armstrong
Trooper Binns Ben Cross
US Medical Colonel Arthur Hill
Director Richard Attenborough
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama