Movies Bridge Too Far, A (1977, Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine) Published 4 months ago on October 29, 2018 It seems as if an entire regiment of movie notables appears in this expensive and expansive epic based on Cornelius Ryan’s best-seller about a disastrous Allied offensive (Operation Market Garden, the failed attempt by the allies to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in Holland and allowing access over the Rhine into Germany) during World War II. However, the Joseph E. Levine production is just another massive war movie mired in noise and confusion. Hardly any of the big American or British stars are on-screen long enough to establish audience involvement. At an almost three-hour length, A Bridge Too Far is a movie too long. production details UK – USA | United Artists – Joseph E. Levine | 175 minutes | 1977 Book: Cornelius Ryan Writer: William Goldman Directors of Photography: Geoffrey Unsworth, Harry Waxman, Robin Browne Production Design: Terence Marsh Director: Richard Attenborough (and also Sidney Hayers) cast Dirk Bogarde as Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning James Caan as Sgt. Eddie Dohun Michael Caine as Lt. Col. John O.E. Vandeleur Sean Connery as Maj. Gen. Robert E. Urquhart Edward Fox as Lt. Gen. Brian G. Horrocks Elliott Gould as Col. Robert Stout Gene Hackman as Maj. Gen. Stanislaw F. Sosabowski Anthony Hopkins as Lt. Col. John D. Frost Hardy Krüger as Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl Ludwig Laurence Olivier as Dr. Jan Spaander Ryan O’Neal as Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin Robert Redford as Maj. Julian Cook Maximilian Schell as General der Waffen-SS Wilhelm Bittrich Liv Ullmann as Kate ter Horst – “the Angel of Arnhem” John Judd as Sergeant Clegg Denholm Elliott as RAF meteorologist officer Jeremy Kemp as R.A.F. Briefing Officer Wolfgang Preiss as Field Marshal Karl R.G. Von Rundstedt Nicholas Campbell as Capt. Glass Colin Farrell as Cpl. Hancock Walter Kohut as Field Marshal Walter Model Alun Armstrong as Cpl. Davies Hans von Borsody as Gen. Günther Blumentritt Hartmut Becker as German Sentry Michael Byrne as Lt. Col. Giles A.M. Vandeleur Garrick Hagon as Lt. Rafferty John Ratzenberger as U.S. Lieutenant Fred Williams as Capt. Grabner Ben Cross as Trooper Binns Arthur Hill as U.S. Medical Colonel Edward Kalinski as Pvt. Archer Ben Howard as Sergeant Towns Donald Douglas as Brig. Gen. Gerald Lathbury Tom van Beek as Jan Ter Horst Siem Vroom as Underground Leader Marlies van Alcmaer as Underground Leader’s Wife Erik van ‘t Wout as Underground Leader’s Son Donald Pickering as Lt. Col. Mackenzie Frank Grimes as Maj. Fuller Stephen Moore as Maj. Steele Peter Settelen as Lt. Cole Paul Copley as Pvt. Wicks Gerald Sim as Col. Sims Harry Ditson as US Private Stanley Lebor as RSM Christopher Good as Maj. Carlyle Anthony Milner as Pvt. Dodds Norman Gregory as Pvt. Morgan Barry McCarthy as Pvt. Clark Lex van Delden as Sgt. Matthias Michael Wolf as Field Marshal Model’s Aide Brian Hawksley as Vicar Erik Chitty as Church Organist Geoffrey Hinsliff as British Radio Operator Sean Mathias as Irish Guards Officer Tim Beekman as German Private Hilary Minster as British Medical Officer David English as Pvt. Andrews Michael Graham Cox as Capt. Cleminson Timothy Morand as British Corporal James Wardroper as Pvt. Gibbs Stephen Rayment as Grenadier Guards Officer Peter Gordon as US Sergeant Brian Gwaspari as US Engineer Neil Kennedy as Col. Barker John Salthouse as Pvt. ‘Ginger’ Marsh Jack Galloway as Pvt. Vincent Milton Cadman as Pvt. Long David Auker as ‘Taffy’ Brace Jonathan Hackett as Glider Pilot Patrick Ryecart as German Lieutenant Richard Kane as Col. Weaver Toby Salaman as Pvt. Stephenson Anthony Pullen Shaw as US Captain John Morton as US Padre Edward Seckerson as British Padre Michael Bangerter as British Staff Colonel Dick Rienstra as Capt. Krafft Ian Liston as Sgt. Whitney George Innes as Sgt. Macdonald Simon Chandler as Pvt. Simmonds Paul Rattee as Pvt. Gordon Mark Sheridan as Sgt. Tomblin John Stride as Grenadier Guards Major Niall Padden as Medical Orderly Shaun Curry as Cpl. Robbins Sebastian Abineri as Sgt. Treadwell Pieter Groenier as Young Dutch Couple Adrienne Kleiweg as Young Dutch Couple Georgette Reyevski as Old Dutch Couple Johan te Slaa as Old Dutch Couple Mary Smithuysen as Old Dutch Lady Hans Croiset as Hans – Old Dutch Lady’s Son Henny Alma as Dutch Villager Bertus Botterman as Dutch Villager Josephine Peeper as Cafe Waitress Myles Reithermann as Boat Truck Driver Andrew Branch as Flute Player Ray Jewers as US Radio Operator Keith Drinkel as Lt. Cornish Stephen Churchett as British Soldier Richard Attenborough as Lunatic with Glasses (uncredited) Anthony HopkinsCornelius RyanDirk BogardeDramaEdward FoxElliott GouldGene HackmanHardy KrugerHistoryJames CaanLaurence OlivierMichael CaineRichard AttenboroughRobert RedfordRyan O'NealSean ConneryWarWilliam Goldman Advertisement advertisement and this just in Features1 day ago Classic Movie Characters: Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator Before The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was viewed as little more than a B-list barbarian. But director James Cameron helped turn... Features1 day ago Classic Episodes: The Untouchables – The Rusty Heller Story In “The Rusty Heller Story,” Elizabeth Montgomery took Prohibition-era Chicago by storm as Heller, a seductive Dixie damsel who pits... TV1 day ago Time Trax (1993, Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander) SciFi action adventure series. Future cop Darien Lambert travels back in time in search of renegade criminals unable to return... 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