A powerful study of courage in the face of irrational odds, The Bridges at Toko-Ri (based on James Michener's novel) is no less patriotic than many other war films, but it dispenses with the gung-ho bluster to focus on the very real and tragic consequences of war. This is also one of the first films to openly criticise the morality of the Korean War while praising the honour and integrity of the men who fought it. Lt Harry Brubaker (William Holden) is one of those men: a lawyer with a loving wife (Grace Kelly) and two young daughters, who is recalled to duty from the... Navy Reserve, his mission; to fly with a bomber jet squadron over one of the Communists' most heavily protected targets, the strategically vital bridges in the Korean canyon of Toko-Ri. Brubaker has his own noble protection from his fellow pilots (including Charles McGraw in a fine supporting role), admiring admiral (Frederic March), and from the helicopter scouts (Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman) who saved his life on a previous missions. But his ambivalence--and his fear that the Toko-Ri mission will be his last--is what gives the film its potent emotional impact. Holden is perfect in his role, and director Mark Robson steadfastly avoids any false sentiment or macho theatrics that would diminish the film's devastating climax. The Bridges at Toko-Ri is also a superlative showcase for the naval operations; the aerial sequences earned an Oscar for special effects and the Navy's cooperation assures total authenticity in the "flat-top" aircraft carrier scenes. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com [show more]
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During the Korean War, happily married and retired fighter pilot Lt. Harry Brubaker (William Holden) is convinced to take to the skies once more to help stop the spread of Communism. Feeling that he has already done more than enough for his country in World War II, he resents having to spend long stretches of time on battleships, away from his wife Nancy (Grace Kelly).
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Not every pilot can guide his aircraft from a wave-tossed deck seek out targets over unfamiliar Korean terrain then return to what looks like a speck in the sea Naval Reservist Harry Brubaker (William Holden) can This masterful story of a war-weary World War 2 veteran who must battle his own ambivalence to war and duty when leaving his beloved family to fight again Actors William Holden Mickey Rooney Grace Kelly Fredric March Charles McGraw Robert Strauss & Earl HollimanDirector Mark RobsonCertificate Universal Suitable for AllYear 1955Screen Fullscreen 43Languages English ; French ; German ; Italian ; Spanish - Dolby Digital (10) MonoSubtitles Arabic ; Bulgarian ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Greek ; Hungarian ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Romanian ; Spanish ; Swedish ; TurkishDuration 1 hour and 38 minutes (approx)