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Director: Richard Attenborough     Starring: Dirk Bogarde
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Learn more about Bridge Too Far (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 205746055
UPC: 027616077028
UPC 14: 00027616077028
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Blu-Ray Disc, Beyond High Definition."
In September 1944, flush with success after the Normandy Invasion, the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden, a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. However, a combination of battlefield politics, faulty intelligence, bad luck and worse weather led to disaster.

An epic retelling of World War II's most tragic blunder, A Bridge Too Far meticulously depicts the ambitious plan which resulted in more Allied casualties than the entire Normandy landing. Painstakingly re-created on actual battlefield locations and boasting a remarkable all-star cast, A Bridge Too Far accurately recaptures the monumental scope, excitement and danger behind one of the biggest military gambles in history.

"Fantastic WW2 epic with a 1970's "all star" cast.  Brian McKay,
"An all-star blockbuster!  Halliwell's Film Guide
"Recreates in stunning detail one of the most disastrous battles of World War II.  Hollywood Reporter
"...may well be the definitive World War II movie.  Judith Crist, Saturday Review
"A meticulous recreation of one of the most disastrous battles of WWII...  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
Richard Attenborough's ambitious, all-star adaptation (by William Goldman) of Cornelius Ryan's book, gives an account of the Battle of Arnhem. In 1944, the Allied powers attempt to expedite the end of the war with a costly operation to capture six bridges connecting Holland to Germany ended in Allied defeat. A multitude of notables star in Attenborough's epic.


Video Features Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dubbed

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Tcfhe/mgm
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/11/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 176 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 107702
Video UPC UPC: 00027616077028
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Korean, Spanish, Cantonese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins
Video Cast Info Elliott Gould
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info James Caan
Video Cast Info Laurence Olivier
Video Cast Info Michael Caine
Video Cast Info Robert Redford
Video Cast Info Sean Connery
Video Cast Info Antony Gibbs - Editor
Video Cast Info Cornelius Ryan - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Unsworth - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Addison - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Joseph E. Levine, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Attenborough - Director
Video Cast Info Stuart Craig, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Terence Marsh - Production Designer
Video Cast Info William Goldman - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Director Richard Attenborough's ambitious, all-star, adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's book, dealing with the true account of the Battle of Arnhem. In 1944, the Allied powers attempted to expedite the end of the war by planning an ambitious and costly operation (the capturing of six bridges connecting Holland to Germany) that ended up getting bungled by both the Allied and Axis powers.


Winner (1978)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, John Addison, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Geoffrey Unsworth, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Peter Horrocks, et. al., Best Sound Track
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Edward Fox, Best Supporting Actor

Nominee (1978)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Richard Attenborough, Best Direction
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Antony Gibbs, Best Editing
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, A Bridge Too Far, Best Film
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Terence Marsh, Best Production Design/Art Direction

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...The last cast-of-thousands, star-studded war movie ever made, Attenborough's three-hour epic deserves repeated viewing..." -- 4 Stars 06/01/2000 p.102

New York Times
"...Certainly equal to Darryl F. Zanuck's THE LONGEST DAY....One watches it not so much in admiration as in awe..." 06/16/1977 p.C20

Variety 9 of 10
Futility and frustration are the overriding emotional elements in A Bridge Too Far, Joseph E. Levine's sprawling Second World War production [from the novel by Cornelius Ryan] about a 1944 military operation botched by both Allied and German troops...Film opens with some vintage black and white newsreel footage in original frame ratio, setting up the falls. 1944, attempt to expedite the end of the Second World War by an enormous paratroop operation involving a series of bridges leading to Germany. The first part of the film introduces senior officers Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins and Edward Fox as the plans are outlined...Later, as operations begin, periodic appearances are made by cocky Robert Redford, wise-cracking Elliott Gould, stolid Ryan O'Neal and James Caan. On the other side of hostilities, Hardy Kruger, Maximilian Schell and Wolfgang Priess represent different levels of German military thinking about, and reaction to, the offbeat Allied strategy. In the middle Laurence Olivier and Liv Ullmann are two Dutch residents who attend to the wounded. 6 of 10
There are star-studded projects, and then there's A Bridge Too Far, a World War II movie the likes of which would cost upwards of $300 million to make today. There are lots of bridges in the film, actually: The Allies aim to capture a series of them in German-occupied Holland as part of Operation Market-Garden, a byzantine plot that would theoretically cripple the German war machine in western Europe, where Germany is already on the run. However, Allied mistakes and an unexpected amount of German firepower nip the plan in the bud. The film is more a showcase for some searing acting -- and at three hours long, there's plenty of it -- than it is a classic war film. The battle scenes just don't come across as impressively as in other films of the era -- the fact that VW Beetles with plastic tank shells on them were used in lieu of some of the Panzers is just one sign that all the budget went to that exhaustive cast list. - Christopher Null

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bogarde,Dirk
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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