A British film about the battle for Arnhem bridge during "Operation Market Garden" in World War II. It was the first film to be made about this battle. This film was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and featured original footage from the battle as well as re-enactments, shot on location in Arnhem itself. Many of the actors portraying the paratroopers where actual soldiers who fought in the battle.
This film is a tribute to every man who fought at Arnhem and an everlasting memorial to those who gave their lives. This remarkable and unique film sets out to record the events of September 1944 when the first Airborne Division landed at Arnhem to capture and hold the bridge across the Neder River in the face of a superior enemy force equipped with heavy armour. One year later survivors returned to the actual battlefield amid the ruins of the town to re-enact an action in which they gained the admiration even of the enemy.
This production was produced entirely without the use of sets or actors and every incident was either experienced or witness by those that appear in the film. Original footage shot at the time is interwoven to produce a remarkable piece of cinema history. During the closing scenes of the movie it is mentioned that of the 10,000 troops who landed, scarcely 2000 survived. Bearing this in mind the closing scene is not only harrowing but also one of the most moving I've ever seen as the view pans down the same barracks but showing empty beds and a few dishevelled tired men with the haunting words "just ordinary men".
Total Running Time : 82 Minutes - Black & White
Classification: M (Recommended For Mature Audiences 15 years And Over)
Number of Discs: 1
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)