A Bridge Too Far

Synopsis: The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Production: United Artists
  Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
59%
PG
Year:
1977
175 min
1,076 Views

- Holland.

- And when?

- I'm coming to that now.

Right.

The ground forces: 30 Corps, commanded

by General Horrocks, 20,000 vehicles.

And this, as you know,

is the German front line.

Now we're going to lay a carpet,

as it were, of airborne troops...

over which 30th Corps can pass.

We shall seize the bridges...

it's all a question of bridges...

with thunderclap surprise...

and hold them until

they can be secured.

Now first of all,

General Maxwell Taylor...

Eindhoven.

You take and hold

the bridges there with 101st.

General Gavin,

with your 82nd...

you get Nijmegen.

You take and hold the bridges.

And Roy, you get the prize:

Arnhem.

Arnhem Bridge.

- And you hold it.

- For how long?

Monty assures me that 30 Corps...

will do the 63 miles

in two days.

Sixty-three miles in two days.

- They oughta be able to handle that.

- Oh, I'm sorry.

General Sosabowski, you go with

your Polish Brigade with Roy Urquhart.

I'm so sorry.

Roy...

when you've secured

your bridge...

and 30th Corps have got across it,

we can turn east...

right into the industrial heart

of Germany... the Ruhr.

Once we control their factories,

there's not much they can do about it.

And that is the plan.

And we go next Sunday.

Seven days?

Why not?

The sooner we go, the better.

We've got them on the run.

Is something troubling you,

General Sosabowski?

- I've said nothing.

- Precisely.

Your silences are thunderous.

General Browning, I...

I am a Pole...

considered by some

to be smart.

If that is so...

it makes me member

of a true minority group.

Minority groups

are more comfortable in silence.

I should have thought the opposite

was true. But you do disapprove?

I am thrilled that your great Field

Marshal Montgomery has devised a plan.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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