A Bridge Too Far [WS] [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 3484474
  • Release Date: 10/21/1998
  • Rating: R
A Bridge Too Far is available on DVD through MGM Home Entertainment. The disc comes equipped with English Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 1.0, and comes with French and English subtitles. The film is presented in widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1. The visual quality is fair, with the images sometimes appearing a little bit dated. The sound quality, also somewhat dated, manages to fare a little better. The DVD boasts the film's riveting theatrical trailer, and comes with an eight-page booklet loaded with trivia and production notes, as well as actor fact files and making-of anecdotes.
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (126 out of 130)

Special Features


  • Dual layer for interruption-free playback
  • 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes, and the making of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis


A Bridge Too Far
It's late 1944, and the Allied armies are confident they'll win the World War II and be home in time for Christmas. What's needed, says British general Bernard Law Montgomery, is a knockout punch, a bold strike through Holland, where German troops are spread thin, that will put the Allies into Germany. Paratroops led by British major general Robert Urquhart (Sean Connery) and American brigadier general James Gavin (Ryan O'Neal) will seize a thin road and five bridges through Holland into Germany, with paratroops led by Lieutenant Col. John Frost (Sir Anthony Hopkins) holding the most critical bridge at a small town called Arnhem. Over this road shall pass combined forces led by British Lieutenant Gen. Brian Horrocks (Edward Fox) and British Lieutenant Col. Joe Vandeleur (Michael Caine). The plan requires precise timing, so much so that one planner tells Lieutenant Gen. Frederick Browning (Dirk Bogarde), "Sir, I think we may be going a bridge too far." The plan also has one critical flaw: Instead of a smattering of German soldiers, the area around Arnhem is loaded with crack SS troops. Disaster ensues. Based on a book by historian Cornelius Ryan, A Bridge Too Far is reminiscent of another movie based on a Ryan book, The Longest Day. Like that movie, it is loaded with more than 15 international stars, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Hardy Krueger, Gene Hackman, Maximilian Schell, and Liv Ullman. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr., Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Dirk Bogarde
    Dirk Bogarde - Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning
  • James Caan
    James Caan - Sgt. Eddie Dohun
  • Michael Caine
    Michael Caine - Lt. Col. Joe Vandeleur
  • Sean Connery
    Sean Connery - Maj. Gen. Robert Urquhart
  • Edward Fox
    Edward Fox - Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks



Overall customer rating

4.5
97%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic War Movie

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    ryanbleek
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    In my opinion, the best war movie ever made -- a notch better than "Saving Private Ryan," which contains certain historical inaccuracies. "A Bridge Too Far" masterfully adapts Cornelius Ryan's meticulously-researched book of the same title. More importantly, with the exception of the German tanks and armored personnel carriers depicted in the failed attempt to capture the northern end of the Arnhem bridge, the uniforms, machine guns, rifles, tanks, landscape, etc. depicted in the film are accurate -- unlike the vast majority of war films that cut corners, film off location, fail to research key facts, etc. The "second Omaha Beach" crossing of the Waal River by the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division -- filmed on loaction -- is the most riveting scene in the movie. Also spectacular is the reenactment of the dropping of hundreds of paratroopers over Holland from C-47 Dakotas. The only negative is that the movie can be quite confusing to one who is not familiar with the intricacies of Operation Market Garden. I urge anyone considering viewing the film to first read "Arnhem 1944" by Martin Middlebrook or Cornelius Ryan's above-mentioned book. Some research will help put this complicated military operation into perspective. After you've seen the movie, and if you have the time, money and inclination, take a battlefield tour of Nijmegen and Arnhem (both just an hour-or-so drive from Amsterdam) so you can truly appreciate the sacrifices made by the British, American, and Polish paratroopers depicted in the film nearly 55 years ago.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Above average World War II movie.

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    crazylegs
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    "A Bridge to Far", is the retelling of Operation, "Market Garden", an operation in World War II that was larger than the Normandy Invasion, "Operation Overlord", better known to most people as D-Day. If successful this operation would have brought the war with Germany over by Christmas of June 1944, just a little over 6 months after D-Day occurred. However, as the title says the planners overextened theirselves by going a bridge to far and the operation failed. While a student in the Army's Command and General Staff school, the instructors used this movie to show how many minor mistakes added up to cause a major failure of an operation. This movie is a must for students of military history even though it was panned by the critics when it was released. However, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone that likes war movies! COL Robert E. Gardner

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For any WW2 Collector

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    MarkTwainTimeTraveler
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    A Bridge Too Far is one of those rare, older WW2 films that actually attempts some semblance of historical accuracy by portraying the events as they were described by both the Allies and Germans during Operation Market Garden. The setting for the film revolves around Operation Market Garden and the ill-fated conclusion of the Allies defeat at Arnhem, by a series of follies and planning in which as the film title says, tried to attempt an Allied "bliztzkrieg" to capture a series of bridges along a narrow front. In other words, it was a bridge too many and the goals were far too ambitious.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best of man, in the horror of war

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    LovemySharp
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    Mankind can come up with the best showings of courage, strength, and caring, when thrown into the insanity of war. I've read the book a couple of times (highly recommend before watchi8ng the movie), and have seen the movie several time. While you marvel at the endurance of everyone in the movie (men, women, and children), it also brings into very sharp focus the brutality and insanity of war. This is not a movie for the timid. But, it does show honor and courage that comes out of love of country, love of God, and love for your fellow soldiers.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great WWII film

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    TeamTank
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    This movie is filled with a star studded cast that bring to life Operation MARKET GARDEN, a disaster that occurred in the race to secure the Netherlands after D-Day. The film accurately depicts the frustration of the US Airborne forces as they watch the trapped British & Polish Airborne forces located in Arnhem get decimated, due to poor intelligence prior to the operation and conventional mechanized/motorized forces maneuvering only when all the pieces are in place.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie and Very Clean Edition

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    Mike
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    This is an all time favorite movie of mine mainly because of the subject matter - military failure - not just success - and an all-star cast. The Blu-Ray is super clean - best version I've ever seen of this movie and was priced nicely at $7. No great special features, but that doesn't change my rating - its just a great movie I'll watch over and over the years to come.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Long and terrible ending

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    GodzillaMonsterMusic
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    I like World War II movies and hoped to enjoy this one. The movie dragged on longer than it should. It did have a lot of stars and future stars in it and was (if truthful) one of the biggest f*#k-ups of the war. The ending left me unsatisfied like whoever was making the movie couldn't decide when they were done and just stopped.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy

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    mnillaman
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    This movie was so boring. It barely had any blood scenes that were the slight bit great or mediocre. The acting was average, plain or down right lame. This is not the best movie that depicts the German war well in my opinion based on the action in it. Wish i could get my money back

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