PG | | Drama, History, War
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Film critics derided Producer Joseph E. Levine for casting thirty-five-year-old Ryan O'Neal to play an Army General. But in reality, Brigadier General James M. Gavin was only thirty-seven-years-old at the time of the battle. In fact, shortly after this battle, Gavin was promoted to Major ... ...
Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich:
Operation Market Garden began on Sunday, 17 Sept. 1944; in the movie, Gen. Browning correctly refers to a Sunday departure in the initial briefing, and later we see a church service disrupted by the aircraft passing overhead. But on the morning of the departure, we see on Col. Frost's bedside table a calendar with all the days crossed off until the 17th... which is a Tuesday on that calendar. Furthermore, the calendar clearly shows a 31-day month, matching October 1944 and not September.
An older video release of the film (early 1980s) from The Magnetic Video Corporation differs vastly from the 1996 VHS and 1998 DVD releases. Most notable are the differences in translations shown in the German-to-English subtitles.
(from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV. 1051) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
English, German, Dutch, Polish, Latin
$50,800,000 (USA) (31 December 1977)
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