History Film / ABridgeTooFar

16th Jul '16 4:41:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Field Marshal Model. While it might seem idiotic that he does not accept the captured plans of Operation Market Garden, the last two major Allied invasions (Sicily and Normandy) had massive, elaborate deception campaigns which kept German forces out of key areas until it was too late. The Sicily invasion actually included a corpse washing ashore with a convincing copy of the supposed invasion plans. In addition, he knows that paratroops are very weak if they are not continuously supplied, so even without the plans, they have a good chance of stopping them.
16th Jun '16 9:36:50 PM JackG
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* TheCavalry: XXX Corps is intended to be this for the paratroops.

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* TheCavalry: XXX Corps is intended to be this for the paratroops.paratroops, as lampshaded by General Horrocks.
19th May '16 2:05:47 PM Prfnoff
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* {{Badass}}: Exemplified in Major Cook (Redford)'s reaction to being told he and his men are going to have to row across a river covered by enemy machine-guns in order to make an infantry assault on a heavily defended position -- and they're no longer going to be able to do it in the dark - "Better by daylight."


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* MajorlyAwesome: Exemplified in Major Cook (Redford)'s reaction to being told he and his men are going to have to row across a river covered by enemy machine-guns in order to make an infantry assault on a heavily defended position -- and they're no longer going to be able to do it in the dark - "Better by daylight."
6th May '16 4:50:47 PM gallium
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* ItsRainingMen: TheMovie.

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* ItsRainingMen: TheMovie. ''A Bridge Too Far'' dramatized what the real Operation Market Garden revealed, namely, that paratroops armed with nothing but hand-held weaponry could not be expected to hold out very long against tanks.
6th May '16 4:46:02 PM gallium
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In addition to the all-star cast, it also might qualify as the biggest all realism movie, as the producers went to great lengths (and money) to gather old vehicles and equipment, including 11 Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) WWII aircraft, along with getting NATO troops with the old fashioned parachutes jumping out of them for the film. It was also the first war film in which actors were put through boot camp prior to filming. The film cost $22 million in 1977. Compare that with ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' which also came out in 1977 and cost $10 million.

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In addition to the all-star cast, it also might qualify as the biggest all realism movie, as the producers went to great lengths (and money) to gather old vehicles and equipment, including 11 Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) WWII aircraft, along with getting NATO troops with the old fashioned parachutes jumping out of them for the film. It was also the first war film in which actors were put through boot camp prior to filming. The film cost $22 million in 1977. Compare that with ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' which also came out in 1977 and cost $10 million.
29th Feb '16 1:28:32 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''A Bridge Too Far''''' is a 1977 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII war film based on Cornelius Ryan's best-selling book. It tells the story of Operation Market Garden, an audacious, but flawed -- and ultimately unsuccessful -- plan to to use British, American and Polish paratroops and British armoured divisions to capture four bridges in the Netherlands in order to cut a path into UsefulNotes/NaziGermany with the hope of ending the war before Christmas. It has an AllStarCast, was written by WilliamGoldman, and was directed by Creator/RichardAttenborough.

In addition to the all star cast, it also might qualify as the biggest all realism movie, as the producers went to great lengths (and money) to gather old vehicles and equipment, including 11 Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) WWII aircraft, along with getting NATO troops with the old fashioned parachutes jumping out of them for the film. It was also the first war film in which actors were put through boot camp prior to filming. The film cost $22 million in 1977. Compare that with ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' which also came out in 1977 and cost $10 million.

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'''''A ''A Bridge Too Far''''' Far'' is a 1977 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII war film based on Cornelius Ryan's best-selling book. It tells the story of Operation Market Garden, an audacious, but flawed -- and ultimately unsuccessful -- plan to to use British, American and Polish paratroops and British armoured divisions to capture four bridges in the Netherlands in order to cut a path into UsefulNotes/NaziGermany with the hope of ending the war before Christmas. It has an AllStarCast, was written by WilliamGoldman, and was directed by Creator/RichardAttenborough.

Richard Attenborough.

In addition to the all star all-star cast, it also might qualify as the biggest all realism movie, as the producers went to great lengths (and money) to gather old vehicles and equipment, including 11 Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) WWII aircraft, along with getting NATO troops with the old fashioned parachutes jumping out of them for the film. It was also the first war film in which actors were put through boot camp prior to filming. The film cost $22 million in 1977. Compare that with ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' which also came out in 1977 and cost $10 million.
14th Jan '16 1:18:45 PM mlsmithca
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* BilingualBonus: Subverted. Liv Ullman's speech about the plight of the wounded soldiers is completely unintelligible. It required subtitles in Dutch cinema and DVD releases.

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* BilingualBonus: Subverted. Liv Ullman's Ullmann's speech about the plight of the wounded soldiers is completely unintelligible. It required subtitles in Dutch cinema and DVD releases.



** TheCavalryArrivesLate: Except that in this case this is a ''bad'' thing, and of course the heroes '''do not''' win.

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** * TheCavalryArrivesLate: Except that in this case this is a ''bad'' thing, and of course the heroes '''do not''' win.



** Also when the generals decide to pull First Airbourne out of Arnhem.
-->'''Brig. Gen. James Gavin:''' It was Nijmegen.
-->'''Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur:''' It was the single road getting to Nijmegen.
-->'''Lt. Gen. Horrocks:''' No, it was after Nijmegen.
-->'''Lt. Gen. Frederick "Boy" Browning:''' [[CallBack And the fog, in England.]] ''[leaves with Horrocks]''
-->'''Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski:''' ''[to Gavin and J.O.E.]'' Doesn't matter what it was. When one man says to another, "I know what let's do today, let's play the war game."... everybody dies.

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** Also when the generals decide to pull First Airbourne Airborne out of Arnhem.
-->'''Brig.--->'''Brig. Gen. James Gavin:''' It was Nijmegen.
-->'''Lt.
Nijmegen.\\
'''Lt.
Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur:''' It was the single road getting to Nijmegen.
-->'''Lt.
Nijmegen.\\
'''Lt.
Gen. Horrocks:''' No, it was after Nijmegen.
-->'''Lt.
Nijmegen.\\
'''Lt.
Gen. Frederick "Boy" Browning:''' [[CallBack And the fog, in England.]] ''[leaves with Horrocks]''
-->'''Maj.
Horrocks]''\\
'''Maj.
Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski:''' ''[to Gavin and J.O.E.]'' Doesn't matter what it was. When one man says to another, "I know what let's do today, let's play the war game."... everybody dies.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Field Marshals von Rundstedt and Model believe they are preparing for a hard-driving advance lead by Patton, not a cautious-advance lead by Montgomery.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Field Marshals von Rundstedt and Model believe they are preparing for a hard-driving advance lead led by Patton, not a cautious-advance lead led by Montgomery.
19th Dec '15 2:09:15 PM TompaDompa
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In addition to the all star cast, it also might qualify as the biggest all realism movie, as the producers went to great lengths (and money) to gather old vehicles and equipment, including 11 Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) WWII aircraft, along with getting NATO troops with the old fashioned parachutes jumping out of them for the film. It was also the first war film in which actors were put through boot camp prior to filming. The film cost $22 million in 1977. Compare that with ''Franchise/StarWars'' which also came out in 1977 and cost $10 million.

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In addition to the all star cast, it also might qualify as the biggest all realism movie, as the producers went to great lengths (and money) to gather old vehicles and equipment, including 11 Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) WWII aircraft, along with getting NATO troops with the old fashioned parachutes jumping out of them for the film. It was also the first war film in which actors were put through boot camp prior to filming. The film cost $22 million in 1977. Compare that with ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' which also came out in 1977 and cost $10 million.
11th Dec '15 3:27:21 PM LtFedora
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* {{Irony}}: One of the British paratroopers says that the resupply pilots are under orders to ignore signals on the ground, as, for all they know, they could be Germans. And their supplies are going right to the Germans.
17th Nov '15 7:18:39 PM SSJMagus
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** He also says he's contemplating filing a formal objection against the plan, so that it would be known he was aware how foolish it was if his forces are wiped out, but decides that absolving himself of a share of blame wouldn't matter if he's already dead.


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* OnlySaneMan: General Stanislaw Sosabowski is depicted as such, since he's the only one who seems to realize how fatally flawed the plan is ''before'' it starts to go wrong and is completely unconvinced by General Browning's wishful-thinking reassurances.
-->'''Browning:''' Only the weather can stop us now.\\
'''Sosabowski:''' Weather! ''Christus''! General Browning, what of the Germans? Don't you think that if we know Arnhem is so critical to their safety that they might know it too?\\
'''Browning:''' Now, look here. The few troops in the area are second class. They're not frontline caliber, not at all, do you understand? I think you ought to have a little more faith in Montgomery's intelligence reports, you know. He's done pretty well for us in last three or four years.\\
'''Sosabowski:''' I will tell you the extent of my faith. I am thinking of asking for a letter from you stating that I was forced to act under your orders in case my men are massacred.\\
'''Browning:''' I see... I do see. Do you wish such a letter?\\
'''Sosabowski:''' No... No, of course not. In the case of massacre, what difference will it make?
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