Where Eagles Dare/The Bridge of Remagen

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  • 19 August 2009
Where Eagles Dare/The Bridge of Remagen

Fans of great war movies shouldn’t miss this great Sunday double bill which has been programmed to coincide with the release of Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (see review). Brian G Hutton’s familiar but still brilliant 1968 men-on-a-mission epic starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood was a major influence on Tarantino’s film. The less well known but ripe for rediscovery 1969 actioner The Bridge of Remagen describes the real events surrounding the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge in 1945. George Segal, Robert Vaughn and Ben Gazzara star, and this was also the only filmed screenplay by great writer Richard Revolutionary Road Yates.

Cameo, Edinburgh on Sun 23 Aug.

The Bridge at Remagen

  • 1969
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Guillermin
  • Written by: Roger O Hirson (story), William Roberts, Richard Yates
  • Cast: George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara, Bradford Dillman, E G Marshall

Gritty war film about the battle for the eponymous bridge from German and American perspectives.

Where Eagles Dare

  • 4 stars
  • 1968
  • US
  • 2h 28min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Brian G Hutton
  • Cast: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure

Classic WWII flick with plenty of double-crossing and hidden agendas as a British/American expedition is mounted to rescue an American General from the clutches of the SS.

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