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 Krüger. 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.

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Battle of Britain [Blu-ray]
Battle of Britain [Blu-ray]

The fabulous cast and wonderful battle scenes tell the story of "The Few"

The Dam Busters
The Dam Busters

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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.

Original film poster, image courtesy of Wiki commons
Original film poster, image courtesy of Wiki commons

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SusanDeppner 21 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 5 Commenter

This is my husband's kind of movie. I imagine he's seen it. If he hasn't, he will soon. Great review!

tonyleather 21 months ago

Excellent action movie!

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Merrci 21 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

Sounds good! Congrats on Review of the Day!

GrammieOlivia 21 months ago

Oh I'm just not the war movie kind of girl. But the review was great and told me what I needed to know! Thanks for that!

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delia-delia 21 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I'm always interested in WWII movies, especially if it pertains to the European war arena. Having survived the war in Germany with limited memory, I still find it engrained.

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Nancy Hardin 21 months ago from Las Vegas, NV Level 1 Commenter

Love this review, and I've posted it on my FB page Hand in Glove With History and also in my blog handinglovewithhistory.blogspot.com Thank you so much for reviewing this great film.

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CampingmanNW 21 months ago

It was yet another of Montgomery's operations that did not succeed. Much needed fuel and supplies were diverted to this operation that in hind sight, could probably have been put to better use elsewhere The inaccuracies if there were some, were small except for who's shoulder's the blame should have been shown to fall upon. Nicely done lens though. Cheers.

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IanTease 21 months ago Hub Author

@Merrci: Thanks very much

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IanTease 21 months ago Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thanks for reading

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IanTease 21 months ago Hub Author

@delia-delia: Thanks for reading, I hope to review a few more of my favourites over time

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IanTease 21 months ago Hub Author

@Nancy Hardin: Thanks so much, that's very kind

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IanTease 21 months ago Hub Author

@CampingmanNW: It would have been a masterstroke if it had come off, like many military operations it probably got too complicated for it's own good. Two Panzer divisions being in the area was terribly unfortunate as well. Thanks.

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Faye Rutledge 21 months ago from Concord VA

I think my husband would love this movie. Thanks for the review. And, Congratulations on getting Review of the Day!

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IanTease 21 months ago Hub Author

@Faye Rutledge: Hi, thanks for reading and liking my lens. I'm sure he would love it.

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georgepmoola2 21 months ago

Saw this at the cinema at the time of its' release. A superbly well done film, not forgetting the book on which the screenplay was based - also of the highest standing.

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Old Navy Guy 21 months ago

Good coverage of a WWII film of an Epic undertaking. Historian's talk about that battle still. The operation itself wasn't so hot, but the movie surely was. Thanks for a great review

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Charito1962 21 months ago from Manila, Philippines Level 4 Commenter

This is one of my favorite war films because of its powerhouse cast!

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