The Bridges at Toko-Ri

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Big-budget adaptation of James Michener's Korean war novel, making some noises about the essential futility of the conflict but concluding that the bridges must be bombed to stop the spread of Communism. Competent, well acted and with some excellent aerial special effects, but flawed by mawkish sentimentality in orchestrating its nobility of self-sacrifice theme. Holden is the WWII pilot, now married and established in a civilian career, who resents being recalled to risk his life in a forgotten war; Rooney (sporting a non-regulation green silk topper) and Strauss are on hand to provide the other-ranks humour.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mark Robson
Screenwriter: Valentine Davies
Cast: William Holden
Grace Kelly
Fredric March
Mickey Rooney
Robert Strauss
Charles McGraw
Earl Holliman
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