“A Bridge Too Far” is a sprawling war epic starring nearly every 70s male actor you could name and stage during the war-ending Operation Market Garden. You really have to see it to believe it.
As if being written by William Goldman and directed by Richard Attenborough wasn’t enough, the films feature guest appearances from Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, James Caan, Robert Redford, Elliott Gould and an intense (if horribly interpreted) Gene Hackman as the Polish commander of a parachute brigade who possesses confusing marching orders and an even more confusing accent.
At the start of the film, the Allied multinational offensive sets out to secure a path to German territory through the Netherlands by means of massive air assaults, followed by a march on the roads to take command of the bridges. keys. Expecting to meet little resistance (despite a soldier who presents early evidence to the contrary), the operation goes ahead, with disastrous consequences for the Allies. Now dumped behind enemy lines with rapidly dwindling supplies, “Bridge” hops between several scenarios, illustrating the soldier’s desperate attempts to get the mission back on track.
A triumph in both set design and practical effects, some may find the number of scenarios the film juggles simultaneously too ambitious; Caan is here waving guns at commanders, Hopkins has taken over an old lady’s house and his troops are tearing it down bullet by bullet, while Gould is building bridges and munching cigars – and almost all these people don’t never meet on -filter. Despite such an odd setting, however, each superstar delivers solid acting, and the sheer spectacle of the film (expanding aerial drop scenes and shots of hundreds of soldiers with infantry gear will have you wondering how this budget could have been financed). a film impossible to look away from. War is hell – and so, it seems, it must have been the budget for the “Bridge” line.