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A Bridge Too Far

  • Drama
  • 1977
  • Richard Attenborough
  • 168 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Cast

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Lt Gen Frederick BrowningDirk Bogarde
Staff Sergeant Eddie DohunJames Caan
Lt Col Joe VandeleurMichael Caine
Maj Gen Robert UrquhartSean Connery
Lt Gen Brian HorrocksEdward Fox
Colonel Bobby StoutElliott Gould
Maj Gen Stanislaw SosabowskiGene Hackman
Lt Col John FrostAnthony Hopkins
Maj Gen LudwigHardy Kruger
Dr SpaanderLaurence Olivier
Brig Gen James M GavinRyan O'Neal
Major Julian CookRobert Redford
Lt Gen BittrichMaximilian Schell
Kate Ter HorstLiv Ullmann
RAF meteorologist officerDenholm Elliott
Field Marshal von RundstedtWolfgang Preiss
Major SteeleStephen Moore
Lt Col Giles VandeleurMichael Byrne
Private WicksPaul Copley
Captain GlassNicholas Campbell
Corporal DaviesAlun Armstrong
Trooper BinnsBen Cross
US Medical ColonelArthur Hill

Crew

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DirectorRichard Attenborough

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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