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This is an epic film and the incredible scenes packed full of WW2 military hardware, paratroopers filling the skies, 1940s technology--all of these are well worth watching. What does not work all that well is the casting. Some parts just do not seem believable. The best example is Ryan O'Neil as a general. He looks like a ten year old playing soldier and does not have the gravitas to handle the part. He is almost comical. Even his helmet does not properly fit. How did someone not notice any of this when O'Neil's scenes were filmed? Even Robert Redford does not fit the part of the man leading the war assault on the bridge. I don't know what it is but he lacks the ruggedness, the personal power that would be found in the actual event. He tires to be sarcastic and clever in every statement, but the part calls for far more. It might have been much better to have cast unknowns in many of the roles. It is an entertaining film but not as powerful as it could have been.
A View Too Far
- David H.
This film about one of the worst allied disasters of World War II is a disaster in itself. It is too long mainly consisting of showing one military disaster after another while all the British generals leading the operation do is just "Keep a Stiff Upper Lip." Then we have John Addison's awful music which is more suited for a military parade ground than for a combat film. Although this movie does have good aerial scenes, there is just not much else to recommend it.
Market Garden was real, this film is not
This film does prove the axiom, that wars are won by the Generals who commit the least mistakes. That would also include the political leadership. Hitler made more mistakes than the Allies, who allowed a prudish son of a Protestant Minister, to design a battle for his personal glory. Not unlike the TCM showing of "They died with their boots on." This battle enabled the Nazi's to fight into 1945, and could have lead to a stalemate in the Western Front. Without the failure of Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge would never taken place, and perhaps, my uncle would not have died flying his P-51 in support of this battle.That being said, this is a good war film but do not watch it with your wife, girl friend or sister. This was war fought by men on both sides, who fought heroically for the most part. There has been too much propaganda about Hitler and the Nazi's in most films made to date. The German Army was not comprised by the SS or Gestapo. Most of the men fighting, at least the privates, were draftees, who had lost all their idealism about what the war was about. It was about surviving. The Allied Generals and the Nazi Generals may have cared. Most of them did survive the war. One last critique. The film at times seemed as long as the actual battle.
magnificent cast and story - but 3 hours !?!~
- Wm Schumacher
I've never heard of the Nazis allowing the wounded to be evacuated. Its clear the actors took delight in participating in such an epoch as there are so many hallowed names involved - right down to Gene Hackman, Donald Sutherland, Maximillian Schell Sean Connery,Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, and many of my favorite lesser knowns: Denholm Elliott , Liv Ullmann,Dirk Bogarde, Hardy Kruger etc.
Good War Film
- jeff schultz
This is a great war film. It based on Operation market garden. It has a lot of good actors in it.
- Warren Beatty
Cornelius Ryan wrote the book.
Good movie, but short on facts
- Warren Beatty
I lived in Arnhem, read Herman Wouk's book, talked to people who wewe really there, and traveled extensively in the area. This movie takes many liberties. In fact, this movie is nothing like what really happened. But it is a pretty good movie.