A Bridge Too Far


Like the World War Two operation it depicts, A Bridge Too Far is rather a mixed victory. It was a miracle director Richard Attenborough brought the production, financed with $22 million of the producer's own cash, in on time and under budget, and this telling of the pyrrhic Operation Market Garden certainly has a kind of gritty grandeur. It's just a shame the drama is spread too meanly between the characters, leaving a virtual A-Z of screen masculinity - Bogarde, Caan, Connery, Hackman, Olivier, Redford - to scrabble for acting honours.

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