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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Vivien Leigh , Robert Taylor , Mervyn Leroy  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson
  • Directors: Mervyn Leroy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OFOJ30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Waterloo Bridge" on IMDb

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Mervyn LeRoy's 1940 remake of Waterloo Bridge, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood, stars Robert Taylor as Scotsman Roy Conin, a middle-aged officer in the British army who reflects--on the eve of Britain's entry into World War II--on lost love during the last Great War. Told in flashback, Roy's ill-fated romance begins in a chance meeting with ballerina Myra Deauville (Vivien Leigh) during a London air raid. In less than two days, Roy's near-obnoxious, aristocratic self-confidence and boyish exuberance sweep Myra off her feet and she agrees to marry him before he ships out for duty in Germany. But there's no time for the wedding, and during what should be a happy first meeting with Roy's mother (Lucile Watson), Myra receives mistaken information that Roy is dead on a battleground. From there, Myra spirals downward into poverty and prostitution, until cruel fortune reveals that Roy is quite alive. While a tearjerker, Waterloo Bridge also says something about wartime conditions where women are caught between pressures of survival (especially where and when women have few options) and social values that condemn them for staying alive by any means. Told as delicately as possible, the film is directed with tasteful straightforwardness by LeRoy (Random Harvest) and the key performances by Taylor and Leigh strike exactly the right melodramatic but not bathetic pitch. Nice work, too, by Virginia Field as Myra's equally luckless friend. --Tom Keogh

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Vivian Leigh stars as a ballerina in war-torn England who turns to prostitution when she believes her fiance has died in the war in this drama based on Robert E. Sherwood's acclaimed play. Robert Taylor co-stars. Year: 1940 Director: Mervyn LeRoy Starring: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field, Maria Ouspenskaya

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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tragic Romance March 18, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
When pressed to name her favorite of her own films, Vivien Leigh brushed aside both GONE WITH THE WIND and STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in favor of this now little-known film based on a failed 1930s stage drama of the same name: WATERLOO BRIDGE, directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Leigh had good reason for her choice. Although she was dazzling as Scarlett O'Hara and elegantly depraved as Blanche DuBois, she was never as beautifully photographed as she was in this 1940 film.
WATERLOO BRIDGE is perhaps best described as one of a number of films "with an English accent" that played to American sympathies for England in the years when England largely stood alone against Nazi Germany. The story itself has a wartime setting: beautiful ballerina Myra (Vivien Leigh) meets and falls passionately in love with officer Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor), only to be parted from him when he is called to duty during World War I. Alone and increasingly destitute, she learns that he has been killed in action--and so, broken hearted and unconcerned for herself, she drifts into prostitution, plying the world's oldest profession along Waterloo Bridge... until she experiences a horrific twist of fate.
Although Robert Taylor is a bit miscast, Leigh carries the film with a truly remarkable performance. In the opening portion of the scene, she is at the height of her youthful beauty, and cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg makes the most of it; later, when experience has hardened her, she turns the graceful charm of her earlier scenes upside down to create the bitter, brassy tart that Myra has become. The cast also features an exceptional performance by Lucile Watson as Lady Margaret and notable turns by Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Aubrey Smith, and a host of others.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, it's advertised as available - but they're imports. Not to cast aspersions upon imports, but is it so difficult for whomever owns the copyright to produce this & add a few DVD extras?
This is an amazing movie - Vivien Leigh is completely charming as Myra & gives a bravura performance. For any of the uninitiated, the story revolves around a ballerina & the serviceman she meets during a WWI air raid in a story where the Shakesperean axiom of true love & its propensity to run amok is thoroughly illustrated.
Although not the all-time greatest movie ever made, it's a splendid gem from 1940s Holywood, replete with a bit of melodrama, a bit of unreality, a lot of pathos and humanity. "Waterloo Bridge" is a classic film which is due to the movie-loving public - particularly in its virgin black & white condition. PLEASE, Hollywood, make this movie available on DVD to the public!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER JEWEL IN VIVIEN'S CROWN. November 10, 2002
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Vivien Leigh is magnificent as Myra, the young ballet dancer who falls in love with handsome Roy Cronin, a British army officer, who has been called to duty. They met on Waterloo Bridge during an air raid and commenced dancing at the Candlelight Club where they vowed to marry. When Myra believes Roy dead, she drifts into the seedy world of prostitution after she has been dismissed from the ballet school. The newspaper report of Cronin's death turns out to be erroneous, however: Roy and Myra accidentally meet....Leigh's performance is the core of the film: she's as brilliant as she is beautiful. Her metamorphasis from a delicate, virginal and romantic girl to a lost, pitiful and pessimistic woman (due to fateful circumstances) is a stunning account of her bravura acting ability: if Scarlett O'Hara won her an Oscar and made her a star, Myra solidy confirmed her undeniable talent. All the supporting performances are splendid: Lucile Watson as Roy's aristocratic mother, Virginia Field as Kitty, Myra's loyal roommate who visits Primrose Path, and the tyrannical ballet impresario as played by the great Maria Ouspenskaya. This was Robert Taylor's favourite film and his performance ranks with his best. Robert E. Sherwood's 1930 play was filmed priorly by Universal in 1931. Mae Clarke won kudos for her interpretation of Myra, Roy was played Douglass Montgomery and Bette Davis had a bit. Hopefully, it may make it to video someday. As with Taylor, this was Leigh's personal favourite of all her films.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Bad Release June 24, 2006
By Miles
Format:DVD
Wonderful movie. Would love to have this and Vivien Lee's stellar performance on DVD. Hollywood's unnecessary region codes that screw over so many of us who would want and buy these DVDs are unfair. I hope someone will listen and release this DVD for North American DVD players. No wonder so many people rip and buy illegal copies when the real, quality copies are unavailable. I would be satisfied with a Region 1 DVD with no special features just to own this but looks like I will have to wait.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic classic for lovers both young and old March 11, 2003
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Vivien Leigh had what I firmly believe was her most wonderful role as the tragic Ballerina Myra Lester in MGM's classic "Waterloo Bridge". If one film was to be regarded as the epitome of what romance on screen should be like then this beautiful production would be it. With no use of bad language, no gross sex scenes, relying as it is on a simple but beautifully wrought story of genuine love between two very different people, it is perfect and should be a film enjoyed by all those over the generations who have loved or wish to be.
Adapted from the famous stage play "Waterloo Bridge", by Robert F. Sherwood it provided the ever lovely Vivien Leigh with one of her greatest roles ever. Made in the aftermath of her triumph as Scarlett O'Hara in the classic "Gone With The Wind", it provided the second of two classic roles for her within the space of two years. Despite winning an Oscar later in her career for her tragic role in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Vivien Leigh would always be most fondly remembered for her work in "Gone With The Wind", and "Waterloo Bridge". Here she has a very different role to the feisty Scarlett and Vivien proves herself to be more than up to the challenge. Never on screen has she been more lovely or convincing as the fragile dancer Myra who meets the man of her dreams Colonel Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor in his best role ever)in the middle of an air raid on London's Waterloo Bridge, falls into a whirlwind romance only to be seperated from him by the demands of the war which also sees her own life crumble into degradation after falsely believing him killed in action in France. Expertly directed by veteran Mervyn LeRoy famous for extracting heartfelt performances out of his actors, "Waterloo Bridge" is a wonderfully moving experience from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Romance Movie EVER
This is the best romance movie I ever saw. My two favorite actors of yesteryear Taylor and Leigh are mezmering on the screen. They draw you in and you can not look away. Read more
Published 9 days ago by N. J. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars The actors do a beautiful job and Vivien is just as tearful as ever
A really sentimental movie. The actors do a beautiful job and Vivien is just as tearful as ever.
Published 12 days ago by Jacqueline Stauch
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, sad, wonderful
A wonderful, poignant romance; a British classic, starring the lovely Vivien Leigh.
Published 1 month ago by Nobilangelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo Bridge
Vivien Leigh at her most beautiful. This is the film that she always said was her best.
Published 1 month ago by richard harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars I was very sad, when I found out
I was very sad, when I found out, that the cd was not able to be played on my cd-player. I tryed it in my PC laptop and there it played All right. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Per ulrich Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great movies and you will like it if you buy
Published 1 month ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great more
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Published 1 month ago by Debby S. Verrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, they should have colorized it and given ...
Good movie, they should have colorized it and given you a completely remade B&W version too, plus the sound should have been re done in 5.0 Dolby.
Published 1 month ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by jwbag
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic..
My mum first introduced me to this old flick when I was young.. She was right into the older movies and now I am too.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Corinne Beusch
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