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.
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:
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.
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.
English, German, Dutch, Polish, Latin
$50,800,000 (USA) (31 December 1977)