Die Brucke [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1959]

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Special Features

  • New interview with writer Gregor Dorfmeister, on whose autobiographical novel the film is based
  • New interview the filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff about the film's impact on German cinema
  • Interview from 1989 with director Bernhard Wicki
  • Excerpt form a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki's widow, featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot


Die Brücke
Bernhard Wicki's directorial debut, this is an excellent little film with little plot and no known names on the roster. In the final days of World War II, German teenagers join the Nazi army in a futile attempt to stop the enemy invasion. A sympathetic officer places the boys as guards of a seemingly unimportant bridge. The seven youths are thrown into battle when American tanks unexpectedly appear and try to cross the bridge. The film has a definite anti-war message. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Fritz Wepper
    Fritz Wepper - Mutz
  • Michael Hinz
    Michael Hinz - Walter Forst
  • Image coming soon
    Frank Glaubrecht - Jurgen Borchert
  • Karl Michael Balzer
    Karl Michael Balzer - Karl Horber
  • Volker Lechtenbrink
    Volker Lechtenbrink - Klaus Hager

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