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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
Audio commentary with screenwriter William Goldman and key crew members
Feature length trivia track
"A Bridge Too Far: Heroes from the Sky" documentary
"A Distant Battle: Memories of Operation Market Garden" featurette
"Richard Attenborough: A Filmmaker Remembers" featurette
Behind the scenes photo gallery
Year of Release
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV/
Disc #1 -- A Bridge Too Far, 1. Start [5:36], 2. The Sound of German Panic [5:19], 3. A Question of Bridges [6:52], 4. A Problematic Plan [10:07], 5. Speed Is Vital [8:55], 6. Off to Holland [6:29], 7. Goals and Gallows Humor [4:00], 8. The Initial Drop [6:59], 9. Shot on All Sides [9:03], 10. There, But No One Knows [4:07], 11. Series of Delays [5:01], 12. "Fool's Courage" [7:36], 13. Gerry on the Way [6:02], 14. Urquhart's Surrounded [6:38], 15. A Guarantee Seen Through [9:48], 16. New Bridge...36 Hours Late [:39], 17. No Good News [4:59], 18. Risking All for Supplies [4:21], 19. New Hospital, New Trouble [4:03], 20. Nightmare by Daylight [5:44], 21. "Hail Mary" [4:14], 22. Unstoppable? [8:57], 23. One Question Answered [3:51], 24. Hope for the Boys [9:25], 25. Aborted Assistance [4:32], 26. A Brief Ceasefire [3:53], 27. "The War Game" [2:56], 28. Operation Over [5:41]