Well, here we are again. It’s World War II. Another three-hour war film, another big ensemble cast!
In some ways a follow-up to The Longest Day (also written by Cornelius Ryan), this time in color, this film depicts Operation Market Garden, which followed the Normandy Landings in September 1944.
The Allies dropped forces from the First Allied Airborne Army into the Netherlands, where they would assault and hold several bridges and wait for XXX Corps of the British Second Army to bring in armor and supplies to continue the push into Northern Germany.
Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, with huge names in the cast like Sean Connery, Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Robert Redford, and many more, this film featured an actual paradrop of over 1000 troops, with on-location filming in the Netherlands.
So, what did we think of this one? It’s our first film featuring Gene Hackman, and he plays a Polish General! Which one of us will have the hot take? Join us and find out!
Next Episode: The Northman (2022)
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