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.
Although they receive "Also Starring" billing, Denholm Elliott (R.A.F. Meteorological Officer) and Jeremy Kemp (R.A.F. Briefing Officer) only appeared in one scene each, Wolfgang Preiss (Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt) only appeared in two, and Frank Grimes (Major Fuller) only appeared in three.
Field Marshall Walther Model:
Why do all my generals want to destroy my bridges?
When the boats finally arrive to cross the river at Nijmegen bridge, there is water in them, even though they've been transported for days in trucks in rain-free weather. (Probably a result of previous takes.)
German theatrical version was edited (violence and dialogue) by ca. 12,5 minutes to secure a "Not under 12" rating (an additional scene was removed in the TV version). This version was used for all home video releases before DVD. For the DVD release in 2003 MGM put back all the scenes cut for violence but not the dialogue scenes, which were not dubbed in 1977.
English, German, Dutch, Polish, Latin
$50,800,000 (USA) (31 December 1977)
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