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The Bridges at Toko-Ri

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Mark RobsonWilliam Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney

Synopsis: Lieutenant Harry Brubaker (William Holden), a naval reserve officer, reluctantly leaves his wife (Grace Kelly) and children behind after he's called back into service. Soon Brubaker receives his orders: to bomb five bridges that are of vital importance to the enemy. Despite his unhappiness at being back in action and his doubts about U.S. soldiers risking their lives on such a dangerous mission, Lieutenant Brubaker puts his life on the line to make sure the effort is a success.

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri Review

In 1955 this must have been some film.

It's 2004...I'm not as impressed...so take that previous comment as you will.

I tired, I did. I was told this was a classic, a great war film. Here's the good. Grace Kelly looks great but she has about three scenes. Mickey Rooney...aside from being 5 feet too short to hold his own against other actors he is still (and almost always is) fun to watch.

But William Holden? Maybe I don't get the appeal...actually I know I don't. But the fact that I don't care for this flick is not his fault.

You know what is? Patriotic Hollywood tripe that put themselves in bed with the U.S. Navy and made a tedious little film. Especially one where they highlight the actions of search and rescue and then proceed to destroy that tribute with a mission that goes awry. And then...the end credits.

Now there are some great action sequences, partly due to the U.S. Navy connection I suppose...but then there are long stretches of characters dealing with the...'what am I doing here?' type questions. I guess the oddest thing you can see with age is how Lucas seemed to pay attention to the Bridge raid sequence and used it to great effect for his Death Star sequence.

But still...

2 stars out of 5.

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