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The Classic History of The Greatest Battle of World War II (1977).  Now available on DVD or VHS Tape

Despite the film being made over thirty years after the actual battle, a number of its principle characters were able to be employed as military consultants during production. The list of people includes: Brian Horrocks (Fox), James Gavin (O'Neal), J.O.E. Vandeleur (Caine), John Frost (Hopkins), and R.E. Urquhart (Connery).


Listen For General Gavin's line:

Brigadier General Gavin: What's the best way to take a bridge?
Maj. Julian Cook: Both ends at once.
Brigadier General Gavin: I'm sending two companies across the river by boat. I need a man with very special qualities to lead.
Maj. Julian Cook: Go on, sir.
Brigadier General Gavin: He's got to be tough enough to do it and he's got to be experienced enough to do it. Plus one more thing. He's got to be dumb enough to do it... Start getting ready.

A Bridge Too Far (1977) - Cast List

Dirk Bogarde

Lt. Gen. Frederick 'Boy' Browning

James Caan

SSgt. Eddie Dohun

Michael Caine

Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur

Sean Connery

Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart

Edward Fox

Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks

Elliott Gould

Col. Robert Stout

Gene Hackman

Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski

Anthony Hopkins

Lt. Col. John Frost

Hardy Krüger

Maj. Gen. Ludwig

Ryan O'Neal

Brig. Gen. James Gavin

Laurence Olivier

Dr. Jan Spaander

Robert Redford

Maj. Julian Cook

Maximilian Schell

Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich

Liv Ullmann

Kate Ter Horst

Denholm Elliott

RAF meteorologist officer

Peter Faber

Capt. Harry Bestebreurtje

Christopher Good

Maj. Carlyle

Frank Grimes

Maj. Fuller

Jeremy Kemp

RAF briefing officer

Wolfgang Preiss

Field Marshal Gerd Von Rundstedt

Nicholas Campbell

Capt. Glass

Paul Copley

Pvt. Wicks

Donald Douglas

Brig. Gen. Gerald Lathbury

Keith Drinkel

Lt. Cornish

Colin Farrell

Cpl. Hancock

Richard Kane

Col. Weaver

Walter Kohut

Field Marshal Walther Model

Paul Maxwell

Maj. Gen. Maxwell Taylor

Stephen Moore

Maj. Robert Steele

Donald Pickering

Lt. Col. Mackenzie

Gerald Sim

Col. Sims

Mary Smithuysen

Old Dutch lady

John Stride

Grenadier Guards major

Siem Vroom

Underground leader

Erik van 't Wout

Underground leader's son

Marlies van Alcmaer

Underground leader's wife

Alun Armstrong

Cpl. Davies

David Auker

'Taffy' Brace

Michael Bangerter

British staff colonel

Hartmut Becker

German sentry

Hans von Borsody

Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt

Michael Byrne

Lt. Col. Giles Vandeleur

Michael Graham Cox

Capt. Cleminson

Hans Croiset

Old Dutch lady's son

Lex van Delden

Sgt. Matthias

Garrick Hagon

Lt. Rafferty

Geoffrey Hinsliff

British wireless operator

John Judd

Sgt. Clegg

Stanley Lebor

Regimental Sergeant Major

Barry McCarthy

Pvt. Clark

Anthony Milner

Pvt. Dodds

Anthony Pullen Shaw

U.S. captain

John Ratzenberger

U.S. lieutenant

John Salthouse

Pvt. 'Ginger' Marsh

Peter Settelen

Lt. Cole

Chris Williams

Cpl. Merrick

Fred Williams

Capt. Grabner

Josephine Peeper

Cafe waitress

Harry Ditson

U.S. private

David English

Pvt. Andrews

Erik Chitty


Brian Hawksley


Norman Gregory

Pvt. Morgan

Michael Wolf

Field Marshal Model's aide

Sean Mathias

Irish Guards lieutenant

Tim Beekman

German private

Edward Seckerson

British Padre

Tom van Beek

Jan Ter Horst

Bertus Botterman

Dutch villager

Henny Alma

Dutch villager

Ray Jewers

U.S. radio operator

John Peel

German lieutenant

Ben Cross

Trooper Binns

Hilary Minster

British medical officer

Ben Howard

Sgt. Towns

Johan te Slaa

Elderly Dutch man

Georgette Reyevski

Elderly Dutch woman

Pieter Groenier

Young Dutch man

Adrienne Kleiweg

Young Dutch woman

Peter Gordon

U.S. sergeant

Arthur Hill

U.S. medical colonel

Brian Gwaspari

U.S. engineer

Stephen Rayment

Grenadier Guards lieutenant

Tim Morand

British corporal

James Wardroper

Pvt. Gibbs

Neil Kennedy

Col. Barker

Jonathan Hackett

Glider pilot

Jack Galloway

Pvt. Vincent

Milton Cadman

Pvt. Long

Toby Salaman

Pvt. Stephenson

Philip Raymond

Grenadier Guards colonel

Myles Reithermann

Boat truck driver

John Morton

U.S. Padre

Patrick Ryecart

German lieutenant

Dick Rienstra

Capt. Krafft

Ian Liston

Sgt. Whitney

Paul Rattee

Pvt. Gordon

Mark Sheridan

Sgt. Tomblin

George Innes

Sgt. Macdonald

Niall Padden

British medical orderly

Michael Graves

British medical orderly

Simon Chandler

Pvt. Simmonds

Edward Kalinski

Pvt. Archer

Shaun Curry

Cpl. Robbins

Sebastian Abineri

Sgt. Treadwell

Andrew Branch

Flute player

Anthony Garner

British staff major

Feliks Arons

Dutch priest

Stuart Blake


Ray Boyd


Stephen Churchett


Jon Croft


Patrick Dickson


Adrian Gibbs


Jason Gregory


Stewart Guidotti


Patrick Hannaway


Brian Haughton


Anthony Howden


Frank Jarvis


David Killick


Dan Long


Gerald Martin


Edward McDermott


Tony McHale


Jack McKenzie


Francis Mughan


Richard Ommanney


Peter Quince


Robin Scobey


Farrell Sheridan


James Snell


Michael Stock


David Stockton


Paul Vaughan-Teague


Jason White


Mark York


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Himself (plans for D-Day)

Gerard Franken


Adolf Hitler

Himself (salutes parade)

Alfred Jodl

Himself (beside Hitler)

Trafford Leigh-Mallory

Himself (plans for D-Day)

Bernard L. Montgomery

Himself (plans for D-Day)

George S. Patton

Himself (handshakes with Ike, Monty)

Bertram Ramsay

Himself (plans for D-Day)

Erwin Rommel

Himself (below Hitler)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Himself (with Churchill)

Walter Bedell Smith

Himself (plans for D-Day)

Arthur Tedder

Himself (plans for D-Day)

Charles de Gaulle

Himself (in car with Churchill)

Omar N. Bradley

Himself (plans for D-Day)

Winston Churchill

Himself (with Monty)

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