A Bridge Too Far


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A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic war film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed by Richard Attenborough. The film tells the story of the failure of Operation Market Garden during World War II, the Allied attempt to break through German lines and seize several bridges in the occupied Netherlands, including one at Arnhem, with the main objective of outflanking German defences. The name for the film comes from an unconfirmed comment attributed to British Lieutenant-General Frederick Browning, deputy commander of the First Allied Airborne Army, who told Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the operation's architect, before the operation: "I think we may be going a bridge too far." The ensemble cast includes Dirk Bogarde, Ryan O'Neal, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Hardy Krüger, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann. The music was scored by John Addison, who took part in Market Garden.

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Actors & Characters

Dirk Bogarde Dirk Bogarde Lieutenant General Browning Lieutenant General Browning
Michael Caine Michael Caine Lieutenant Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur Lieutenant Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur
James Caan James Caan Staff Sergeant Dohun Staff Sergeant Dohun
Sean Connery Sean Connery Major General Urquhart Major General Urquhart
Edward Fox Edward Fox Lieutenant General Horrocks Lieutenant General Horrocks
Elliott Gould Elliott Gould Robert Sink Robert Sink
Gene Hackman Gene Hackman Major General Sosabowski Major General Sosabowski
Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins Lieutenant Colonel Frost Lieutenant Colonel Frost
Hardy Krüger Hardy Krüger Major General Ludwig Major General Ludwig
Ryan O'Neal Ryan O'Neal Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin


Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematography
Richard Attenborough Director
Antony Gibbs Editor
John Addison Music
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Richard P. Levine Producer
William Goldman Writer