In the last days of World War II, the Allied Army desperately searched for a bridgehead across the impenetrable Rhine River, in order to launch a major assault into the center of Germany. “Bridge at Remagen” tells the true story of the battle for this last bridgehead, from both the German and American perspective.
Anthony Hughes <[email protected]>
User Reviews: I remember seeing this movie in the late 1970s and liked it a lot and still watch it every time it’s broadcast not infrequently on television . I was very disappointed that it didn’t make the recent list of Channel 4 ‘s 100 GREATEST WAR MOVIES list
What I like about THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN is its cynical edge . You see in these type of movies the Yanks are invincible knights in shining armour while the Jerries are invariably goose stepping Nazi dumbkopfs and while there is an element to Uncle Sam winning the war single handed it’s nowhere enough to drag the movie into mediocrity . When I say " cynical " the screenplay is very even handed – The Americans loot from the bodies of the dead and come close to fragging a senior officer at one point while German civilians bleat that they’re not Nazis seconds after taking down prized portraits of Adolph Hitler
Of course much of the cynicism is helped because of the period setting . It’s only a few weeks from the final end of the war in Europe and everyone knows what the outcome of the war is going to be but everyone still kills and dies regardless . There is something more poignant about this than say the battle of Stalingrad in 1942 or D Day in 1944 hence the obvious war weariness from the Americans . It’s different for the Germans who are fighting the enemy in their own borders . It should also be pointed out that in reality they know the Nazi death camps have been found and someone will be paying a heavy price for these crimes against humanity hence the Germans are in no hurry to surrender
Being made in 1969 I wonder if the war in Vietnam was at the back of the producers minds ? The one major German character Kreuger is portrayed as just a soldier protecting his homeland while we see scenes of American bombers dropping ordnance on innocent civilians that include young children and woman in their eighties . Maybe it’s just another example of cynicism ? but one things for sure – You won’t be seeing something like this coming out of a Hollywood studio today
If you like war movies you’ll like THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN a lot . It’s intelligent , cynical and contains a really great score from Elmer Bernstien