An outstanding cast of stars gathered together by a master of international epics
A war film that combines historical realism with an incredible cinematic spectacle
Richard Attenborough, the Oscar-winning director of Gandhi and a master international epics, in A Bridge Too Far unveils an extraordinary collection of stars: Sean Connery, Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Liv Ullmann… The fact that he was able to give each of them a significant role in the film was, in itself, nothing short of a miracle. However, it is anything but a simple parade of star names. Based on the historical book of the same name, the film reconstructs Operation Market Garden (35,000 paratroopers dropped into enemy territory with the aim of breaching German defensive lines), boasting a rigourous historical reconstruction of real-life events and locations, a dense and gripping plot, and images and sounds that create an incredible cinematic spectacle which will leave you breathless. At the same time, however, it never disguises the fact that war is hell.
The film reconstructs an episode from World War II: Operation Market Garden. The Allied Forces drop tens of thousands of paratroopers into Dutch territory to capture a series of bridges, to aid the advancement of their ground forces into Germany. The mission fails, all because of that one bridge too far.