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The Bridge: Die Bruecke


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Editorial Reviews

Bernhard Wicki directed this brutally cool and realistic true account that quickly won an academy award, the Bridge takes you to a time and place not longer exist Germany 1945, in the finals hours of the war, It is a film you remember for years to come.

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  • Directors: Bernhard Wicki
  • Format: Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: n/a
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000646UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,547 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bridge: Die Bruecke" on IMDb

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I agree it is the best anti-war movie I have ever seen.
H. T. Nelson
The action of this film takes place in the very last days of Word War II, on 27 April 1945, barely three days before Hitler suicide.
Darth Maciek
The acting is first-rate, the uniforms, weapons and sets are quite good, and the story is rivetting.
Stephen H. Ehlers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

149 of 155 people found the following review helpful By M. G Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2003
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This film is like a bomb with a very long fuse. It starts slowly, moves at a gentle, almost maddeningly slow pace, and then suddenly rips you to shreds.
Very few WWII movies are told from the German perspective. This one has the added, almost unique advantage of having been shot 10 years after the end of the war, when the wounds of the war had not even stopped bleeding. Although it is shot on B/W film, the violence is extremely graphic and no attempt is made to spare the audience the horrible result of bullets going through human bodies. In other words, if you are looking for cartoon violence, look elsewhere. This film was written by people who understood that bullets make holes.
"Die Brucke" is the story of six schoolchildren who are drafted into the Wehrmacht in the spring of 1945, given one day's training, and then thrown into battle when the war is hopelessly lost. A well-meaning officer and an equally human NCO conspire to have them detailed to a useless objective -- a small bridge in the little Bavarian town where they grew up and, only days before, played Cowboys & Indians. Unfortunately, the war does not pass them by, and the boys are too naive to understand that their cause is lost and that people who are shot to death do not get up and keep playing afterwards.
The young "soldiers" are alternately pathetic and frightening with their mixture of boyhood enthusiasm, decency, cruelty, and mischief. One minute they are playing pranks, the next cold-bloodly shooting down an American soldier who tries to get them to surrender. They grasp far too late that their elders don't care what happens to them, that they will receive no medals for their heroics, and that there are people in their own army who are bigger enemies than the Americans are.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2002
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This is a little known gem that was nominated in 1959 for "Best Foreign Language Film". Give it an extra star if you are a huge foreign, military, history, or WW2 film fan. The fact that it is so hard to find is reason enough, as it was for me, to justify the reviews I read of hard core war atrocities. This time that against the youth of a defeated nation, that forces them to fight a lost fight. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! The DVD is excellent in offering both German (English subtitle's), and an excellent English soundtack that's not at a loss compared to the German! THIS IS A HARD TO FIND HISTORICALLY ACCURATE GEM!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Ehlers on January 7, 2003
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Now avialable on DVD, this little masterpiece of a film has, up to now, been all but forgotten. Yet it seems to have created quite a stir back in 1954 when it was released... less than ten years after the end of WWII, and already the Germans were asking themselves hard questions about war, blind adherence to authority, militarism, etc. Black and white, the DVD offers both English Dub and Sub versions of the film. The acting is first-rate, the uniforms, weapons and sets are quite good, and the story is rivetting.
Suposedly based upon a true story, we are offered an open and painful tale, full of self-criticism and honesty. Almost as graffic in places as Saving Pvt Ryan. Almost as powerful as "All's Quiet on the Western Front." One of the best WWII films I have ever seen...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tryavna on October 2, 2006
Format: DVD
Other reviewers have praised this film at length, so I don't have much to add there. However, none of the other reviews addresses the question of how the DVD itself looks. Here are my impressions:

This DVD was made by a small company called Belle & Blade, which mainly distributes war movies released by other home video companies. I'm a little apprehensive of buying DVDs from such companies because they sometimes border on bootleg quality. (I won't name names.) Happily, this release of "The Bridge" is a pleasant surprise. While not in pristine condition, the print is very good, with excellent contrast and sharpness. The DVD is not progressively encoded, but it looks fine on regular tube TVs. (You may see some blurriness during action sequences if you watch it on a computer or another HD source.) For a DVD originally released in 1998, it holds up well.

It's worth pointing out that Belle & Blade has transferred two separate versions of "The Bridge": the original 102-minute German-language cut and the slighly abbreviated 100-minute English dub. There are some differences between the two, and I prefer the German-language original. My biggest complaint is that you can't turn off the subtitles when you watch the German-language version. In my opinion, all subtitles ought to be optional -- that's simply one of the advantages of the DVD medium. (And other reviews are correct: the subtitling is not completely accurate. But it's not bad.)

Furthermore, "The Bridge" has been such an important and influential movie (particularly in Germany) that it deserves an extra feature or two. Belle & Blade has thoughtfully included the intro by Chet Huntley that accompanied the film's showings in the United States in 1960.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
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Others here have already detailed what a fine (anti)war film Die Bruecke is and why. I can only echo those sentiments: this is a gripping film that really makes you think about militarism and war and their costs. I did find one unfortunate problem with this particular release of the film: the subtitles are at times wrong, but more often they cut and simplify the dialogue and seemingly make little attempt to recreate its nuances. On the bright side, this film isn't heavily rooted in dialogue: the plot and images speak louder than words and get the messages across as clear as day. Still, it would be nice to see this film re-released with better subtitling.
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