The Bridge At Remagen

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • M
  • War

As US forces move toward Germany, the Nazi high command orders the Remagen bridge destroyed. Realizing that this will cut off thousands of troops from safety in their homeland, German officer Paul Kreuger (Vaughn) delays action on the bridge's demolition. Meanwhile, the American offensive, spearheaded by a platoon led by Lt. Phil Hartman (Segal), closes...read more

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As US forces move toward Germany, the Nazi high command orders the Remagen bridge destroyed. Realizing that this will cut off thousands of troops from safety in their homeland, German officer Paul Kreuger (Vaughn) delays action on the bridge's demolition. Meanwhile, the American offensive,

spearheaded by a platoon led by Lt. Phil Hartman (Segal), closes in on Kreuger and the bridge. Deftly capturing the confusion and intensity of a single wartime moment, this underrated WWII film contains a number of tense battle scenes (with stuntwork supervised by Hal Needham) and balances

visceral excitement with an understanding of the harsh realities of war. Segal contributes an excellent portrayal of a simple man who has difficulty sending men into a no-win situation, Vaughn is good as the equally scrupulous German commander, and, in a smaller role, Gazzara is a treasure as an

especially sleazy GI. Veteran cinematographer Cortez's photography of the battle scenes is breathtaking, and he succeeds brilliantly in using the German countryside to create a particularly dark, haunting atmosphere. Though some of the film was shot in Czechoslovakia during the days before the

Prague Spring, the production moved to Italy when Soviet tanks rolled in.

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