The Bridges At Toko-Ri details
|Starring:||Willis B. Bouchey, Richard Shannon, Robert Strauss, William Holden, Earl Holliman, Fredric March, Charles McGraw, Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Keiko Awaji|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
The Bridges At Toko-Ri
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Oct 2003|
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Entertaining but not a TopgunBy a customer from West Sussex , 09 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]An entertaining film, based around the United States invading Korea in the 1950's, from the perspective of the American Navy. Demonstrates the bonds forged between servicemen despite 'fighting the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time'.
Those watching from a historical perspective may be disappointed, as the film is short on facts and historical information.
One for those who like films of that era or those who like aircraft carriers and fast jets (but don't expect a Topgun).
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Bridges at Toki-RaiBy Carrie40 (32 reviews) from Kidlington , 19 Sep 2008I have not seen this film but being a fan of Grace Kelly I thought I would give it a go. Sadly Grace's part is quite small as the film centres around her husband played by William Holden and his antics during the Korean War. It came across more as a propoganda film than a movie purely for entertainment. The dialogue was cliched and wooden and you got the impression that he was being lectured at with the movie makers justifying their participation in the Korean War.
Good StoryBy a customer from Oxford , 09 Jul 2008The film had a good story for its time.
Where do we get such men?By a customer from England , 16 Apr 2006You might as well ask as Edgar Lee Masters did; Pro Patria, what the hell does it mean?
A jingoistic but human portrayal of the war (in this case Korean) shot through with a US navy recruiting film (and yes like Top Gun many decades later, endorsed and part realised by said navy).
William Holden, though, gives a magnificent portrayal of the lawyer from Denver, Colorado trapped in the wrong war at the wrong time. Aided by some solid archetypes from Mickey Rooney and a true to form wooden Grace Kelly, Toko Ri still stands a war movie for those who hate war. In many ways it half articulates the sickened reaction against war that the Raging Bulls, Easy Riders generation would so eloquently give voice so many decades later.
Stop the movie at Holdens last and lingering shot in camera and see it without the recruiting spiel tacked on at the end. Flawed but graceful.
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Topgun 50's styleBy a customer from London , 23 Mar 2006This is one of those war films which doesn't glorify war as a 40s film might, but tries to justify it as something good people just have to get on with. I guess this reflects the dark mood of the Cold War. Good for the amount of footage on the aircraft carrier and the aerial shots. The combat scenes were pretty good for their day considering it was models on wires.
Could have done without the cliches of the heroic irishman with a temper and the tortured commander.
EntertainingBy a customer from plymouth Devon. , 26 Jan 2006Enjoyable film starring the wonderful willliam Holden, Grace Kelly and Mickey Rooney. Not a war film in the true meaning but a story of friendship between servicemen and the lengths they will go to to help one another when in trouble.