A Bridge Too Far - a World War 2 epic
A Bridge Too Far is I think the best war film of all time and here's why. Unlike many productions over the years A Bridge Too Far is very historically accurate and was filmed on a giant scale with a huge supporting cast so that all scenes really do give the sense of a massive military operation. It is also unusual in that it tells the story of a military operation that wasn't a success for the allies, Operation Market Garden.
It has the most impressive cast list of any film I've seen, including Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Dirk Bogarde, Edward Fox, Anthony Hopkins, James Caan, Denholm Elliot, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford and Hardy KrÃ¼ger. Alongside these star names were many other fine actors of some considerable standing who played smaller and cameo parts, giving an overall excellent quality of acting throughout.
Much care was taken during the production of this film to be as accurate as possible, though an expert would find details of certain planes, tanks and equipment to be slightly out due to the difficulties of procuring some items three decades after the event. To aid realism, all actors playing soldiers were put through a boot camp before filming, the first time this was done.
I've watched many great war films over the years and all have their own merits, however I really do believe that A Bridge Too Far Stands out from the crowd. I would recommend that anyone with even a passing interest in World War 2 watches this film, it'll prove both educational and enjoyable.
Below you can see some footage from the film, the first is a scene staring Robert Redford undertaking a river crossing. This scene is quite violent and moving.
The second is the original film trailer, both are well worth a look.
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Last updated on March 30, 2014
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