MGM/United Artists (Joseph E. Levine, Richard Levine &
UK 🇬🇧 1977
W: William Goldman [based on the book by Cornelius
DP: Geoffrey Unsworth
Ed: Antony Gibbs
Mus: John Addison
Dirk Bogarde (Lt. Gen. Browning), James Caan (Sgt. Dohun),
Michael Caine (Lt. Col Vandeleur), Sean Connery (Maj. Gen. Urquhart), Edward Fox (Lt. Gen. Horrocks), Elliot Gould (Col. Stout), Gene Hackman (Maj. Gen. Sosabowski), Anthony Hopkins (Lt. Col.
John Frost), Laurence Olivier (Dr. Spaander)
A movie too long?
Richard Attenborough's war drama is a strikingly well made
account of one of the allied failures of WWII, and though it attempts to capture the action from several points of view, it could have done with being half an hour shorter. The first act
especially could easily have been abridged for reasons of pacing. Still, it's easy to see why it's considered a classic of the war genre, with a cast full of star names from a generation of