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Theirs Is the Glory

Stanley Maxted , Thomas Scullion , Brian Desmond Hurst , Terence Young  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stanley Maxted, Thomas Scullion, Allan Wood
  • Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst, Terence Young
  • Producers: Theirs Is the Glory ( Men of Arnhem ), Theirs Is the Glory, Men of Arnhem
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 82.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IB1LUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Theirs is the Glory earned some of the highest critical praise ever afforded a British wartime docudrama. This is the filmed record of the ill-fated battle of Arnhem in September of 1944, when the Allied forces combined to force a total German retreat from Holland. The "bridge too far" at Arnhem proved to be the Waterloo of this particular strategy, due to a series of unforseen mishaps and miscalculations. Of the 10,000 troops engaged in the offensive, 8,000 lost their lives. Without sugarcoating the disaster, the film points out the courage and sacrifice of the men involved in the mission. Brian Desmond Hurst directed Theirs is the Glory, while the large cast of "re-enactors" performed sans screen credit. ...Theirs Is the Glory ( Men of Arnhem )

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theirs Is The Glory May 22, 2010
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Being 72, I originally saw this movie when it was first released in the 40s. After "A Bridge Too Far" was released, I recognized the story and did a Google Search to see if I could find the original, I'm glad I did as I was able to get the DVD copy from you.
This is the REAL TRUE VERSION of what really happened in Arnhem, and anyone interested in WW II history should watch it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More "real" than "A Bridge Too Far" March 7, 2012
Everyone who has watched "A Bridge Too Far" will want to watch "Theirs Is the Glory." The two films portray the same battle, but in different ways.

"A Bridge Too Far" is the more lavish production, and at first glance "Theirs Is The Glory" in black and white doesn't make the same screen impact. Still, the 1946 film was made with many veterans of the battle on the screen, giving it more "close in time" realism, and it was filmed on location at the site of the battle.

These veterans do not deliver their lines like Hollywood stars. "A Bridge Too Far" has the more polished and dramatic dialog. If you're interested in real soldiering and real leadership, not the Hollywood facsimile, however, "Theirs is the Glory" is the better film. Especially inspiring are Major Richard Lonsdale and Major Frederick Gough, who play themselves in the film. Seeing how these two men -- not Sean Connery, not John Mills, not Gene Hackman -- actually roused the spirits of their paratroopers makes the movie well worth watching.

Made so soon after the costly miscarriage that was Operation Market Garden, "Theirs is the Glory" shies away from fully confronting the failures of planning and leadership that cost so many lives, focusing on the "glory" of British paratroopers fighting against long odds. "A Bridge Too Far," made with the benefit of more than 30 years of hindsight, is the more tragic movie. Seen together, the two films can be a good starting point for a real analysis of the battle.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No actors- REAL soldiers of the battle March 2, 2010
I would classify this more as a documentary. The thing that makes this worthwhile is that it was made by veterans in 1945 on the actual battle site- not actors. All of the equipment and vehicles are real including King Tigers and Panthers roaming the streets. There is a lot of great footage of the battlefield area. It is a great reference for the battle of Arnhem and Osterbeek.

Even though this was a PAL format dvd it played fine on my LG Blu Ray player.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent copy April 15, 2010
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Aside from the prompt delivery and exceptional quality of both the DVD and the footage within, I can only remark that it worked fine and was completely viewable in my DVD (PC) player without having to alter any settings whatsoever.

Many thanks for having made it available and I highly recommend it to anyone interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great time period flick with some Union Jack waving January 22, 2013
Above average post WWII British movie about the battle for Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden in September 1944. Made in 1946 and filmed in Arnhem, it states that all scenes were either recorded or witnessed by survivors. You can tell that a lot of scenes from the much later "A Bridge Too Far" were taken from this film. Real Panthers, Tigers and certainly a bit of flag waving. Well done and worth an evening. Saw it on Netflix so you don't need a PAL player to see it if you are a member.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They were there March 30, 2014
No, it's not as slick and smooth as "A Bridge Too Far".

That's because the scenery is real - it was where the battle was fought a year before the film was shot.

And those actors, unlike those in "A Bridge Too Far", were there a year before the film was shot. Being shot at by the Germans.

It doesn't get much better than this.
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