Arnhem - A Bridge Too Far (DVD)

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Arnhem - A Bridge Too Far (DVD)

Documentaries & Biographies - Original Language: English - Classification: Exempt - Studio: SIMPLY MEDIA, GEM LOGISTICS

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published 25/05/2001 | daseaford
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"Dropped at Arnham."

This epic film is much more than just another war story.

Make sure you are sitting comfortably before you watch this film as at 175 minutes it is very long.

The film is based on the true story of the Allied forces in World War II trying to capture a number of important river bridges in Holland in order to secure a route for our troops to pursue the fleeing German army.

Operation Market Garden was the largest operation since D-day and involved putting thousands of troops 60 miles behind enemy lines in order to capture the bridges.

This film has a particular interest to me as my uncle was one of the paratroopers who jumped at Arnham. He was shot during the operation and still has a piece of metal in his leg to this day.

The film does not glorify war but shows many scenes of death and injury and the sadness and pain that this leads to. This is shown not only affecting the soldiers but also the civilians who lived in the towns and villages of the area of the fighting and were caught up the middle of the conflict.

A lot of the film concentrates on the massive logistical organisation that is involved in such a large operation and how well this was managed or mis-managed by individual officers of the British Army.

The characters of the officers are shown to reflect the different backgrounds that war time officers came from. The officers who had joined the army for the war were shown to be practical and resourceful, whereas the career officers were depicted as ex Public School pupils with lines such as “Don’t forget to pack my golf clubs and my dinner jacket”.

In my opinion Sean Connery and Michael Caine are the two best actors in this film and both give exceptional performances.

This really is an excellent film and if you enjoy action films then this is one you should see.

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Documentaries & Biographies - Original Language: English - Classification: Exempt - Studio: SIMPLY MEDIA, GEM LOGISTICS

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