Directed by Basil Dearden
Starring Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Kieron Moore
Basil Deardon’s classic British caper film The League Of Gentlemen (1960) is coming to Blu-Ray from the UK label Network. I’m hoping this turns out to be region-free, since this is a picture that has somehow escaped me over the years. I’m dying to see it.
I was lucky enough to attend a special screening of A Bridge Too Far (1977) here in Raleigh, North Carolina, when it first opened. I was 13. The guy James Caan played, Staff Sergeant Dohun, was there — and he was not happy that Caan dropped an F Bomb in one scene.
Plastic commandoes ready to litter the bridge.
Watching and waiting — something that happened in both 1944 and 1977.
(Sir) Michael Caine (as John Ormsby Evelyn ‘JOE’ Vandeleur) and director (Sir) Richard Attenborough.
Shooting the harrowing sequence where Robert Redford (as Major Julian Cook) and his men cross the river in flimsy assault boats. “Hail Mary, full of grace…”
James Caan with a VW Thing doubling as a Kubelwagen.
I’ve always had a soft spot for A Bridge Too Far. It’s one of the last truly epic war movies, with a few jaw-dropping scenes here and there. And it was a huge moviegoing experience for me. Cornelius Ryan’s book is terrific, too.