A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG   |    |  Drama, History, War

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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.

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Richard Attenborough


Cornelius Ryan (book), William Goldman (screenplay)

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22 September 2004 | hans_oke
Information about Operation Market Garden.
Last week, September 13 to 19, 2004, Operation Market Garden happened exactly 60 years ago. It was maybe the last remembrance of Operation Market Garden with a sizable number of veterans present from as far afield as Australia, the USA, Britain, and Poland. It was VERY impressive to see them marching or driving over the John Frost Bridge in the centre of Arnhem, where the battle had its climax. The veterans I talked to told me they really enjoyed the warmth with which they were received, by both the young and old Dutch people. Many were moved emotionally.. and many visit the remembrance annually, as far as their health permits (they are all in their 80s of course).

Other memorable events were the air droppings on the Ginkelse Heide (heath), and the ceremony at the military cemetery at Oosterbeek, attended by the Queen of Holland and the Prince of Wales.

For those who are interested, here are some good websites with info on the battle:





Hope someone found this useful. Hans, from Holland.

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Air filming was done in the first weeks of September 1976, culminating in a series of air drops of a total of one thousand men, together with the dropping of supplies from several Dakota aircraft. The Dakotas were gathered by the movie company Joseph E. Levine Presents Incorporated. All aircraft were required to be C.A.A. (Civil Aviation Authority) or F.A.A. (Federal Aviation Administration) registered, and licensed to carry passengers. An original deal for the purchase of ten fell through, when two airframes were rejected as passenger configured without the necessary jump doors. Eleven Dakotas were procured. Two Portuguese, ex-Portuguese Air Force, 6153, and 6171, (N9984Q and N9983Q), and two Air International Dakotas, operating from Djibouti in French Somaliland, F-OCKU and F-OCKX, (N9985Q and N9986Q) were purchased by Joseph E. Levine. Three Danish Air Force, K-685, K-687, and K-688, and four Finnish Air Force C-47s, DO-4, DO-7, DO-10, and DO-12, were loaned for the duration of the parachute filming.


Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich: Fool's courage...


After the initial attempt by XXX Corps to break out, there is a scene of a wrecked M24 Chaffee being pushed of the road. There is also a burning M10 'Wolverine' Tank Destroyer among the wrecks. Not only are these vehicles not visible in the initial advance or fighting scenes, but neither were used by the British Army. The M10 Wolverine might pass for an M10 'Achilles' with its 17-pounder. There are also Shermans with 76mm guns (they have a distinctive muzzle break) and wide HVSS tracks/suspensions, something only the US troops had. The Commonwealth units used duckbills to widen their tracks, and the 17-pounder 'Firefly' gun with its spherical muzzle break. Some Shermans can also be seen with a 'stepped' barrel - these were older 105mm guns, with a cosmetic 'extension' to make it appear as a 17-pounder 'Firefly' gun.

Alternate Versions

The 1996 U.S video release confusingly removed all the titles in the film which described the location of certain scenes and replaced Elliott Gould's yell of "Roll the fuckers" with "Roll 'em fellas". The same print was used for the initial 1998 DVD release though later MGM 2-disc releases feature the original uncut version.


3rd Movement
(from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV. 1051) (uncredited)
Music by
Johann Sebastian Bach


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