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William Holden's best film ever
- Marcia Clark
One of the best films I've ever seen. Scenes from this film have stayed with me long after seeing it. The very well developed story has layer upon layer of the dangers and human emotional side of war, from the loyal friendships forged, the struggles and victories of those in uniform, the love of the family back home from whom they are separated for months and years, and the high skill with which the flyers must operate and the trust they must have for those on the ground and in the air backing them. William Holden became the character as I've never seen him, as he showed the emotions and frustrations of a family man called back into duty after establishing a law practice in Denver. I'd like to add that Phil Young just about ruined the movie for me by telling in his review how the movie ends. Will TCM reviewers please be considerate and refrain from that? Just say enough that others want to see the movie, not tell how the story ends.
Great cast with Holden at his best.
- Phil Young
Excellent adaptation of the book. Rooney is Forney. Kelly is elegant. March is top notch. Holden is at the top of his game in another leading role where he dies in the sad ending. Color footage of Korean War era navy jets and prop planes as well as carrier activity is special. Great period scene is when Holden walks through the officers' mess and the voice of Bob Kelly is announcing the Ram vs. 49er game through the speakers. Read the book and then watch and enjoy. P.S. McGraw, the great character actor, scores again.
- Frank Olmsted
A piece of insider trivia that has come out from LucasArts over the years:The climactic bombing run against the bridges in BAT-R was the model used by George Lucas and ILM for their own iconic Death Star Trench Run climaxing Star Wars (A New Hope) ; much of it comprises a shot- by- shot re-creation.
Head for the Bridges
- Bob Hendrick
This way underrated story about Navy pilots flying missions in the Korean War has a strange attraction for me. Adapted from James A. Michener's novel of the same name, It's main character (played with his usual aplomb by William Holden), is a reluctant hero who has to reconcile his duty to his country and his family. No one does this better than Holden. Grace Kelly and Fredric March are fine as Holden's wife and Admiral respectively. "The bitter realities of war are driven home in one of Michener's most poignant and concise works of fiction", to quote one reviewer. Director Mark Robson brings it faithfully to the screen.Submitted by: Bob Hendrick email@example.com
good action film
A fairly realistic look at an aircraft carrier with the scenes involving the attacks in the bridges first rate. Good action scenes.
A wonderful, but underated film
I am a big Grace Kelly fan and William Holden is also one of my favourite film stars. They work well together in this film and it is a brilliant drama acted well. If you are a Grace Kelly or William Holden fan, this is a must see film!