The Final A Movie A Day: A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977)
Hail Mary, full of grace. Hail Mary, full of grace…
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day.
[For those now joining us, A Movie A Day was my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I pulled a previously unseen film from my collection or from my DVR and discussed it here. Each movie had some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member. This is the last entry, marking 215 films in 7 months]
And now we have finally come to the final entry into A Movie A Day. A BRIDGE TOO FAR marks the 215th film in the column’s history, which lasted 7 months. The Word document I use for all my AMADS is well over 1400 pages long at this point, filled with each coded entry starting with HARPER.
In my original concept for this column I thought this would be more blog-like with entries ranging from full-fledged review to a few paragraphs if I didn’t have the time.
But a pattern started emerging rather quickly. I couldn’t just write a small paragraph or two even for movies I didn’t care for… hell, almost especially for movies I didn’t care for. Watching these films spanning 8 decades worth of cinema, from short Busby Berkeley comedies to epic war movies like today’s column-closing film has given me a much deeper appreciation of film and filmmaking and just as much of that comes from watching the films that have fizzled and not worked.
I believe Stanley Kubrick once said that he always went to the cinema to see every new release. Someone asked him why go see the bad stuff, the things you know are going to suck and he answered that he learns more from bad films than he does good ones.
I don’t know if I’d go that far, at least from an audience member’s standpoint, but there is a truth to that. Figuring out how certain films fell apart is just as important as recognizing when it works and why.
So, with only one exception… my one-word review of cheap-o horror flick SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT… each entry into this A Movie A Day column has been a substantial review. Some longers, some shorter, but none throwaways (except for the aforementioned one-word review).
Ending the column on A BRIDGE TOO FAR seemed to be a stroke of great luck. I initially picked it to end the column because of wanting to keep the connected nature of this series by ending the column with a film scripted by William Goldman, who wrote HARPER, the very first AMAD. But after watching it I came to find that it works on other levels as well.
It’s an epic film, for starters, chronicalling a huge operation toward the end of the War, a huge push into German territory with the aim of controlling a series of bridges in Holland that lead right into the heart of Germany and opens up supply lines for the allies.
It’s also a remarkable film. Not just for the filmmaking, which is top notch, or the cast which is insanely huge, but because it’s the prime example of the type of film we will never, ever see again.
We can definitely see movies on this scale today, for sure. Even bigger. Movies like LOTR. But what we will never see again is the sheer level of manpower and real eye-popping massive shots of hundreds of planes unloading thousands of paratroopers… real, people jumping out of airplanes (or at least real dummies), littering the sky with thousands of floating chutes and bodies. Why hire real WW2 craft, fuel them, fly them and hire thousands of people to jump out for a few moments in a three hour long film when you can just CGI it?
I don’t want to start an anti-CGI rant because I don’t hate CGI as a tool, but there is without a doubt something missing, especially in real non-fantasy stories, with CGI. Something not as impactful as seeing real people doing real stunts, seeing a cast of thousands marching through wartorn Holland and Germany, etc.
Richard Attenborough’s direction is also unique to this era. We don’t often see his assured directing today. Attenborough isn’t afraid to let the actors propel the story, not the editing, but he’s also keenly aware of visually telling the story and keeping the audience’s eyes occupied with interesting framing and angles.
Also, many of the actors and crew were actually in the War, some of them even involved in one way or another in the actual Project Market Garden, including composer John Addison who was in the XXX Corps during this operation and actor Dirk Bogarde who served in British Intellegence during the war and was actually sent to Arnhem. There’s a soul to their work, especially Addison’s amazing score, that wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t a drive to honor the memories of those onscreen.
And so many of the actual soldiers Cornelius Ryan’s book followed were still around and consulting on this project that there is a further air of authenticity that is almost impossible now as well since we’re now 64 years out of the War, meaning that the youngest surviving soldiers would be at least 81 years old by now.
For those reasons and more we will never see a movie like A BRIDGE TOO FAR again. Not just in execution, but in concept as well. The Nazis are clearly the bad guys, but they’re not portrayed as true evil, thanks mostly to a fantastic turn by Maximilian Schell as the lead German General Bittrich. He shows some compassion and a lot of intelligence as the higher ups on both sides show nothing but careless incompetence.
I loved that about this movie. General Montgomery’s Market Garden plan is risky to begin with and then Dirk Bogarde, playing Lt. General Browning, further fucks things up by ignoring crucial intel about Germany’s panzer tank divisions being in the drop zones in order to not scrap the project. But on the German’s side there’s a ditzy General (above Schell’s Bittrich) who keeps radically mininterpreting the situation. He is told that the allies are after the bridges when they start parachuting in behind their lines, but he doesn’t buy it. They’re all coming for him! He’s the most important thing in this area, afterall.
He also ignores the Market Garden documents hand-delivered to him (recovered from a crashed plane) as fakes to throw them off the real objective.
In other words, this operation, aiming to end the war early in ’44, was a giant rat-fuck, but if either side actually had their shit together it could have either won the war a year earlier or been a massive blow to the allies’ assault.
There’s no main character for us to follow. The operation is the main character. There are multiple divisions of Scottish, American, British and Polish troops crucial to making this thing work. The idea is to parachute a single strike force within short distance of three bridges. Each one will work to secure and hold the bridges as the main force pushes through the German lines, leading a fast and straight line up to Arnhem, the final and most curcial bridge.
The whole thing is supposed to last 2 days, but of course things don’t go to plan, thanks greatly to the main force running into that ignored Panzer division.
Anthony Hopkins leads the group at the furthest bridge in Arnhem, commendearing a house overlooking the bridge and setting up his guys in defensive positions. Of everybody, he gets the most beat to shit, waiting for his ammo and reinforcements to come as Schell takes the sleepy peaceful little neighborhood and destroys it with his tanks trying to get at Hopkins and the Brits.
A cigar-champing Elliot Gould and his American force are to take the first bridge. I assume Addison didn’t have a particular love for the American forces because when we first meet them they’re running along deserted woods to an almost comic score, looking more than a little goofy. The score reminded me of Robert Folk’s POLICE ACADEMY score. Up beat, but silly.
They run up to their small wooden bridge, Gould grinning hugely and el-blamo… it disappears in a splash of water and splintered wood.
Sean Connery leads the Scots in the middle bridge, but they’re overtaken almost instantly thanks to half their equipment, including their armored jeeps, doesn’t make it to the ground.
Meanwhile, back at command Gene Hackman, playing a pissed off Polish Major, is waiting to be put into action, but due to fog on the ground he has to sit out the battle while his comrades die trying to wait for his help.
Leading the main force up the road is Michael Caine.
And we’re not done yet. There are also a few stories following American GIs, the best of which is James Caan as an experienced Sgt. who promises to look after his green bunkmate. When they land, his bunkmate’s squad is overtaken immediately. Caan searches the bodies, finding him, bullethole in the side of his head. Caan is determined to get him out and props him up in a jeep and quickly realizes that he’s right in the middle of an advancing Panzer division, surrounded by Germans.
Caan’s great, but he’s in maybe 10 minutes of this three hour movie.
Robert Redford is another American Major who is drafted to do a suicidal daytime river crossing in order to retake the second bridge which is completely occupied by the Nazis. The best way to take a bridge is to attack from both ends, of course, but crossing the river in the day time is crazy and nothing goes their way, leading to a scenario where their boats are being blown out of the water and those avoiding shells are using rifles, hands, helmets, anything to row them toward the shore, Robert Redford repeating “Hail Mary Full Of Grace” over and over again as his group is blown apart.
Oh, oh! And noneother than John Ratzenberger is in Redford’s group! How cool is that!?!
Even with all that, that’s still leaving out Laurence Olivier as a Dutch Doctor helping the wounded, Liv Ullmann as a Dutch wife and mother who gives her house to the Allies to use as a hospital after her underground resistance husband and son are killed, Denholm Elliott (!!!) as an affable British meteorologist who has to try to explain to the pissed off Polish Gene Hackman why he can’t get his troops into action, Ryan O’Neal as a young General trying to create some kind of order out of this mess (all with a fractured spine from his jump), Christopher Good’s scene-stealing performance as Hopkins’ extremely British number two… always quick with a quip, especially in the scene where he rejects the German’s surrender… fantastic work… And there are tons more who deserve much praise, but that’s the bulk of the movie.
Cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth brings his great milky haze look to this film (he also shot SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN II, so you should know exactly the look I’m talking about) and William Goldman is in top form with his script that is atypical in structure, but still somehow organized and streamlined.
Final Final Thoughts: A BRIDGE TOO FAR is an entertaining and engaging epic, one that will stay with me. I can tell. You know how you get those feelings when you see a movie and you just know it’s going to be one that doesn’t dissolve amongst the rest? I can’t imagine the nightmare of trying to organize this film, but I’m thankful for the results. I couldn’t imagine a better film to close out this column.
And that’s it. We’ve come to the end, my friends.
Don’t be too sad, though. This weekend I’m going to gather my favorites of the 215 films and rank them into some kind of workable list… Kind of an AMAD Awards Ceremony if you will.
And I’ve been hinting at something special that I’ve been developing… I can finally say it. Starting Monday I will be posting a special run of Celebrity A Movie A Days from friends and constant readers within the industry. I’ve asked some very special people to contribute their own A Movie A Day one-shots and we can expect at least 5, maybe more.
I guess I will close this thing out by giving my most sincere thanks to everybody who has followed along with me since June 2nd and kept up the vintage film discussion. This column has easily been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done for this site. The sheer amount of email, talkbacks and in-person gratitude has meant a lot to me and I thank you all for it.
You’re going to see me around a little bit more on the day to day, especially now that Awards season is upon us and film festival season is starting. Lots of interviews to do and movies to see and report back on. But even with all that, I will be keeping up a vintage film discussion here. Still don’t know what I’m going to call it, but at least once a week, maybe more, I’ll write up a vintage film I’ve seen. I mean, hell… I still have a year’s worth of unwatched movies on DVD here. I can’t just let them sit there unwatched now can I?
Here’s the entire 215 movie run of A Movie A Day:
June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine
July 28th: In Harm’s Way
July 29th: Firecreek
July 30th: The Cheyenne Social Club
July 31st: The Man Who Knew Too Much
August 1st: The Spirit of St. Louis
August 2nd: Von Ryan’s Express
August 3rd: Can-Can
August 4th: Desperate Characters
August 5th: The Possession of Joel Delaney
August 6th: Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
August 7th: Start the Revolution Without Me
August 8th: Hell Is A City
August 9th: The Pied Piper
August 10th: Partners
August 11th: Barry Lyndon
August 12th: The Skull
August 13th: The Hellfire Club
August 14th: Blood of the Vampire
August 15th: Terror of the Tongs
August 16th: Pirates of Blood River
August 17th: The Devil-Ship Pirates
August 18th: Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
August 19th: Dracula A.D. 1972
August 20th: The Stranglers of Bombay
August 21st: Man, Woman & Child
August 22nd: The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
August 23rd: The Young Philadelphians
August 24th: The Rack
August 25th: Until They Sail
August 26th: Somebody Up There Likes Me
August 27th: The Set-Up
August 28th: The Devil & Daniel Webster
August 29th: Cat People
August 30th: The Curse of the Cat People
August 31st: The 7th Victim
September 1st: The Ghost Ship
September 2nd: Isle of the Dead
September 3rd: Bedlam
September 4th: Black Sabbath
September 5th: Black Sunday
September 6th: Twitch of the Death Nerve
September 7th: Tragic Ceremony
September 8th: Lisa & The Devil
September 9th: Baron Blood
September 10th: A Shot In The Dark
September 11th: The Pink Panther
September 12th: The Return of the Pink Panther
September 13th: The Pink Panther Strikes Again
September 14th: Revenge of the Pink Panther
September 15th: Trail of the Pink Panther
September 16th: The Real Glory
September 17th: The Winning of Barbara Worth
September 18th: The Cowboy and the Lady
September 19th: Dakota
September 20th: Red River
September 21st: Terminal Station
September 22nd: The Search
September 23rd: Act of Violence
September 24th: Houdini
September 25th: Money From Home
September 26th: Papa’s Delicate Condition
September 27th: Dillinger
September 28th: Battle of the Bulge
September 29th: Daisy Kenyon
September 30th: Laura
October 1st: The Dunwich Horror
October 2nd: Experiment In Terror
October 3rd: The Devil’s Rain
October 4th: Race With The Devil
October 5th: Salo, Or The 120 Days of Sodom
October 6th: Bad Dreams
October 7th: The House Where Evil Dwells
October 8th: Memories of Murder
October 9th: The Hunger
October 10th: I Saw What You Did
October 11th: I Spit On Your Grave
October 12th: Naked You Die
October 13th: The Wraith
October 14th: Silent Night, Bloody Night
October 15th: I Bury The Living
October 16th: The Beast Must Die
October 17th: Hellgate
October 18th: He Knows You’re Alone
October 19th: The Thing From Another World
October 20th: The Fall of the House of Usher
October 21st: Audrey Rose
October 22nd: Who Slew Auntie Roo?
October 23rd: Wait Until Dark
October 24th: Dead & Buried
October 25th: A Bucket of Blood
October 26th: The Bloodstained Shadow
October 27th: I, Madman
October 28th: Return to Horror High
October 29th: Die, Monster, Die
October 30th: Epidemic
October 31st: Student Bodies
November 1st: Black Widow
November 2nd: The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
November 3rd: Flying Tigers
November 4th: Executive Action
November 5th: The Busy Body
November 6th: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
November 7th: Libeled Lady
November 8th: Up The River
November 9th: Doctor Bull
November 10th: Judge Priest
November 11th: Ten Little Indians
November 12th: Murder On The Orient Express
November 13th: Daniel
November 14th: El Dorado
November 15th: The Gambler
November 16th: Once Upon A Time In America
November 17th: Salvador
November 18th: Best Seller
November 19th: The Holcroft Covenant
November 20th: Birdman of Alcatraz
November 21st: The Train
November 22nd: Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
November 23rd: Mystery Street
November 24th: Border Incident
November 25th: The Tin Star
November 26th: On The Beach
November 27th: Twelve O’Clock High
November 28th: Gentleman’s Agreement
November 29th: Panic In The Streets
November 30th: The Hot Rock
December 1st: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
December 2nd: The Day of the Dolphin
December 3rd: Carnal Knowledge
December 4th: The Cincinnati Kid
December 5th: Pocketful of Miracles
December 6th: Mikey & Nicky
December 7th: Two-Minute Warning
December 8th: The Sentinel
December 9th: How To Steal A Million
December 10th: What’s New Pussycat?
December 11th: Being There
December 17th: The Party
December 18th: Casino Royale
December 19th: The Stranger
December 20th: Brother Orchid
December 21st: The Petrified Forest
December 22nd: Moontide
December 23rd: Notorious
December 24th: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
December 25th: The High Commissioner
December 26th: The Silent Partner
December 27th: Payday
December 28th: A Stranger Is Watching
December 29th: The New Kids
December 30th: Serial
December 31st: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
January 1st: Irma La Douce
January 2nd: The Prisoner of Second Avenue
January 3rd: The Goodbye Girl
January 4th: Lost In Yonkers
January 5th: The Sunshine Boys
January 6th: California Suite
January 7th: A Bridge Too Far
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Jan. 8, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
I hardly knew (read) thee.
Jan. 8, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST
THis was one of my favorite things here. I didn't read every one (I wouldn't watch a third of them) but it was great to see you take in every thing from genuine classics sadly ignored by today's kiddies (Twelve O'Clock High) to the great little discoveries of my omnivorous-see-anything teen years (The Silent Partner, oh yeah). I'd love to see another go at it, even if not so long, next year.
Jan. 8, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
Could you post a link to the word document or a pdf of the Collected Masterworks of Quint's AMAD? Or something of the sort. It'd be much appreciated by myself and I'm sure the rest of the community.
Jan. 8, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST
Is I now know I'm not the only one out there who loves these old films. Hopefully the studios take notice of the love/demand and put out more and more of the presently unreleased classics.
Jan. 8, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST
A FRIDGE TOO FAR!!!!
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST
by Larry of Arabia
I've checked in every day, and have always been impressed with how well you articulate your feelings, both good and bad, about the movies you write about. At first I was worried that you would just be like a machine - be pumping it out chief - but I was wrong. This has been an excellent column, and has set the high water mark for the sites reviews. Thanks for this.
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST
I've loved this column and am sad to see it come to an end, but am happy it happened. Thanks for the memories. Also, I very much like ABTF, despite what all of my friends feel.
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST
I'm really going to miss this column. It's become a kind of daily ritual for me. Good work Quint!
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
Fun movie...I just saw it Monday night and was struck at how good Connery and Hopkins were. Not so much with Hackman and that accent...but...it did start to grow on me.
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
Sorry, WW2 buff here.
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST
I love this columm. Got me excited enough to make a few new purchases to add to my collection. Thank you Eric for all your hard work. Bring on the celebs!! (You got Patton, didn't you Quint? Say you got Patton...)
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST
by Admiral Akwelches
you're an inspiration. keep up the good work.
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST
Enjoyed your series.
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST
It's been a kick in the pants for me to finally get around to seeing some films I hadn't yet seen, and seen some I had never even heard of. Also has been a treat to revisit some old favourites. It will be sorely missed. You did a helluva job Quint!
Jan. 8, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST
The stadium roars with ecstatic gratitude, boosting Quint on their shoulders and hollering, "Quint! Quint! Quint!" Film fanatics across the internet wax nostalgic about the good times. Tears of pride run down Eric Vespe's cheeks at little Quint’s accomplishment. The world changes forever.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST
by Feral Aristocrat
AMAD pulled me back in. I was a big fan of AMAD since it began, but after my previous handle was banned I stopped checking in at AICN for a few months. It was my desire to get caught up on Quint's progress that brought me back, and though I don't post as much as used to, I again became addicted to AMAD (and went back to read most of the columns I missed.) Thanks, Quint!
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST
That once there was a spot/For one brief shining moment/that was known as AMAD.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST
It's been hand's down the best segment on this site and yes I really did read every review. Looking forward to the AMAD specials but even more so to the prospect of keeping an old movie discussion going on here.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST
Cmon!! WTF!! Srsly!!!
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST
by Chicken Thunder
Good work mate, seemed like you really enjoyed it too.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST
AMAD has been marvellous, thanks for all the hard work.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST
Any chance of a redo, or getting the rest of the candidates up for review?
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST
AMAD is my favorite column, here and I hate to see it go. I hope we will get more in the near future. Several movies I had hoped you would cover are Melody, Prime Cut, Operation Daybreak, Burn, Battle of Algiers, The Italian Job(original) and Play Dirty. Oh by the way, Sean Connery's character was actually trying to take the third bridge not the second and relieve Anthony Hopkins. I hope to get a Director's Cut of the movie, it seemed rushed at the end, the Battle for Arnhem Bridge in the book was like the last battle in SPR, it was door to door, buiding by building, hand to hand combat. Thank you so much for AMAD.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST
That scene, those moments from the film are still with me today. When I think of this movie, I see that scene, those vulnerable, terror-filled moments.
Jan. 8, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST
and yes, it's a really great movie. One of my favorite WWII movies.
Jan. 8, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST
We could discuss actual movies that we've seen as opposed to just guessing that a movie that hasn't been released yet is going to suck, which unfortunately is what a majority of this website has become. In 215 columns Quint didn't once mention his cousin, girlfriend, wife, tummy band or contact lenses. It was nice to just focus on films.
Jan. 8, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST
Goldman's book goes into great detail on how they made this film. Fascinating story. And that's just one chapter of this amazing book. It is the quintessential book on the movie business. Do it.
Jan. 8, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST
This was a fantastic exercise, and I am amazed at how long you kept it up. Again, heterosexually speaking.<p> Glad to hear you're still going to be reviewing vintage films... What do you think about opening up the film selection to the rabble?<p> We could vote on your remaining unwatched list, or perhaps nominate and vote for films for review that you might have seen but which you've never reviewed.<p> I've said it before, but you have single handedly built a review archive for AICN that is quite unparalleled, in terms of "reviewer consistency". What I enjoy about diving into an archive of reviews from some of the more prolific reviewers, like Ebert, isn't so much that I think they're right all the time, so much as I can develop a good sense of context ... I can weigh one of their reviews against another, and in the context of their body of work I can develop a better sense of where a movie stands, compared to a bunch of reviews from a bunch of different people.<p> With your AMAD library under your belt, Quint, you've built the same kind of body of work to allow for a great sense of context and continuity. Thanks again!
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST
Loved it all.
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST
Publish this column. I would most certainly buy a copy. Thank you for 215 reviews of thoughtful insights and for undertaking this glorious endeavor. Your cinephilic status could never be in question. And to end with such a glorious film. A send-off in a sky full of Lancasters! Well done, Quint. And to this column, I sing "Farewell and adieu..."
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST
It feels like the last day at Camp when you have to go back to the real world. Which is weird because I never went to camp, but I saw lots of movies where kids did. Congrats Quint.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST
Sean Connery was born an old man.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST
...is full of it. Maybe if Quint finished some contests and wasn't such a liar I'd give a shit what he had to say.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST
This is lousy. AMAD was the best thing about this site. On an earlier talkback, I suggested rotating in new writers to do AMAD each month. But now that I think about it, I wouldnt want anybody but Quint to write it. Thanks, Quint, and great job. Shit, between this and the election ending, the internet has gotten boring. How the hell am I supposed to kill time online now? Oh yeah. Porn.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST
I've been coming here for many years, and this is the best thing ever done here. It's probably one of the best movie columns I've ever read.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST
I hate to think of the AMAD columns disappearing in a puff of smoke once they scroll off the front page, due to the still-batshit search mechanism here. Harry should reward Quint with a button in the top menu, next to Coaxial, for AMAD. That way, we'll always find it.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST
Thank's Quint for great reads over the past weeks, and for inroducing me, and re-introducing me to movies I'd forgotten. By the way, a good read is William Goldman's 'Adventures in the Screen Trade' for a very personal insight into movies he was involved with.
Jan. 9, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST
I really enjoyed following along, Quint. Nice work. Some of the best stuff ever on this site. Well done. I'll echo the other requests: permanent link!
Jan. 9, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
and I loved AMAD. I don;t think I made it in every single day - sometimes I'd miss a few, then read two or three columns in one sitting. I'm almost certain I read them all, though.<p>As long as Q was hitting every day I knew he'd never stop; once he missed a day, I knew eventually he'd quit.<p>It was an incredible run - insert stock footage of audience applauding here.<p>But you still owe us
Jan. 9, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
Jan. 9, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST
Well done Quint<BR><BR>But in the interest of online pedantry Scottish and British are not a seperate entity - it would be like saying American and Texan troops in a WWII film.<BR><BR>However, great film to end a great feature on
Jan. 9, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST
It's good to hear you'll be keeping at it, even if it's not on a daily basis (something I can't even imagine doing, but somehow you did it). Congrats.
Jan. 9, 2009, 3:40 a.m. CST
Again, this has been the best series run here for some considerable time, and the most movie-friendly thing AICN has ever run. Plus it's unique and original - there's no end of places you can go to get sneak previews of posters or casting snippets or whatnot. Its the personal views of the writers here, though, that makes AICN what it is (plus, naturellement, m'learned companions in talkback). That's one reason the site is poorer for having lost Mori. Cantankerous arse he may well have been at times, but at least he had an opinion. Hopefully AMAD will resurface in some form or other - maybe someone else will pick up the helm, perhaps initially again over October for another 31 days of horror. Or scale the project back to A Movie A Week. Hell, that's not such a bad idea. You guys pick a relatively obscure or underseen movie, ask for reviews from us, then collate them and post them, and then we get to bitch and moan in talkback. Like I said before, Quint, good work all round. Thanks for doing this.
Jan. 9, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST
by Mavra Chang
Quint, I've said it before and I say it again, you da man! Thanks for all of your work. It's been appreciated so very much.
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST
Quint, congratulations! It's a nice body of work you've amassed in the past months. I looked for AMAD every time I turned on my RSS reader. Kudos also for having the courage to watch some stink-awful celluloid to keep your commitment. I have a fair idea of how much time those 1400 pages cost you so thanks for that too. I discovered a lot of films by reading the column (I loved the Halloween run of Horror reviews), but the entries I looked forward to the most were the ones for movies I’d seen, like THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN. I found out my dad and I are not the only loons who think it’s the best in the series (it’s nice to know we are not a loon!). Great idea for a column, brave execution, impressive results… isn’t there anyone out there with a bunch of cash to throw at this guy so he’ll keep going?
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST
or "Ain't It A Cool Classic". Or "Ain't It A Golden Oldie". You get the idea :-)
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST
It will be missed.
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST
Great work, man!
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
You'll have to think of another project now. I've never seen A Bridge Too Far - read about it in Goldman's Adeventures in the screen writing trade though.
Jan. 9, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST
Really enjoyed reading these. Picked up at least 50 titles I need to see; quite a few 80's horror - sue me! Seriously mate that was a great run. Best of luck this year & hopefully you'll find some time to do some more AMAD.
Jan. 9, 2009, 5:28 a.m. CST
THX Quint! Cost me quite some money.
Jan. 9, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST
I concur - this really is, with the possible exception of the *sporadic* coverage of the QT Fests - the single best thing AICN ever did. Even when I dont agree with your takes, I admire your passion and dedication for this media. You deserve all the applause you are getting. <p> As for the film - sorry, I'll take Longest Day anyday for the 'cavalcade of stars in ww2 uniforms' and can add two tidbits of trivia straight from the 1991 MGM vhs release. <p> First off - it cost 25 million bucks - making it, at the time, one of the 10 most expensive films ever to make. <p> Secondly - Of all the stars officially asked to come aboard - only two declined. 1) Audrey Hepburn, "whose price was too high" and 2) STEVE MCQUEEN who wanted top billing.
Jan. 9, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST
I loved this column. I did not read every entry and also I have to admit that I was more interested in what you wrote about the movies I knew than finding out about movies I had missed so far, but it was really great to see someone on this site revisit these older movies. While I often did not agree with you and quite often thought how you could forget to mention certain things about a particular movie, I enjoyed being reminded of movies I had almost forgotten about or getting new perspectives to think about. I wish someone else here would continue this column or that you yourself would at some time go on with it. "A Bridge Too Far" is another movie I have seen a long time ago, rather reluctantly, because I don't like war movies, but I was very pleasantly surprised by it and have always wanted to see it again. I guess I should take the next chance when it is shown on TV.
Jan. 9, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST
Thanks for doing this Quint. It was an extremely interesting and entertaining journey. I do believe you should keep it going, maybe not a movie a day... but perhaps a movie a week would be cool. Maybe even put up a poll with 5 choices on a Sunday and watch the winner on Thursday with the column on Fridays. :) Anyways.. thanks again for the great work... it was fun!
Jan. 9, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
It's been fun and you kept your promise. Thanks Quint. Maybe there could be some sort of voting system for the other vintage films, so, we choose the ones we want to see you review? "Quint's Movie Roulette"?
Jan. 9, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST
These were fun to read. I'm going to miss the column.
Jan. 9, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST
this was one of the coolest things on AICN. And it was actually fairly punctual
Jan. 9, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST
I definitely liked reading your commentary on most of these movies, Quint. But I wonder why you chose strictly Western cinema? I would loved to have read your views on Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Iranian films. Maybe something for the future? ^_^
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST
I definitely liked reading your commentary on most of these movies, Quint. But I wonder why you chose strictly Western cinema? I would loved to have read your views on Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Iranian films to name a few. Maybe something for the future? ^_^
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST
Barry Lyndon, Once Upon A Time in America, The Elephant Man, Point Blank, Rio Bravo. With special mentions for The Sure Thing and Kingdom of Heaven Dir Cut.
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST
...if you ever do a Talkbackers movie a day. I have a ton of films I need a good excuse to watch.
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST
by Rando Calrisian
I've been checking in regularly to read AMAD. I was hoping you would make it through a whole year, but 7 months is pretty damn impressive. I remember the challenges made at the beginning saying you wouldn't make it past a couple weeks. <br> You inspired me to watch a whole bunch of movie in my own library that I had never seen. Great stuff. <br> <br> Farewell AMAD... I hope we meet again.
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
as another AICN reader that has one less reason to come here. For the most part it was a good old fashioned film buff discussion session without all of the flaming, overblown praise for the careers of directors with short resumes and "This is the greatest movie ever made and if you don't agree with me you're an idiot" horseshit. Thankfully big fish in a small pond losers like Dannyglovers Dickhead and Cock Pazuzu never seemed to find their way in here. Wether you were young or old, had a well-rounded appreciation for all types of movies or not, this column always had something to offer to someone. I'll miss it and will look for something similar elsewhere. A good friend of mine used to watch this on daily basis on HBO in the 80's. We would bust his balls calling it "A Movie Too Long" but the truth of the matter is that I've never seen the whole damn thing. I've just been reminded to do so. Thanks Quint!
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST
Field Marshal Walter Model was the German officer that ignored the plans handed to him, and thought the Allies were coming for him. Bittrich was level-headed and thoughtful. Otherwise, a nice column.
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST
It doesn't impose any kind of schedule, and it implies the immediacy of the review. I've loved reading this column, though the one movie I was looking forward to reading about the most is the one movie I couldn't read about: Being There. I haven't seen it yet, either! So, I'll make it a goal to finally check it out. If you can watch 215 movies in just over half a year, I can find time for one. Thank you for the energy and effort you've devoted to this, it was a great time!
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST
It's a shame this column is gone because for a while there it was pretty much the only thing keeping this site alive for me. Anyway, I learned about president killing dolphins and not to watch that silent night film, and then I decided to watch a John Wayne movie, finally. So, it was an educational experience.
Jan. 9, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST
Truly was for the fans of film and NOT just scifi fanboys. Thanks!
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST
I figure that you wasted 1400 hours of your life doing this for a year. Imagine what one could do with that much free time. It was kind of a long and pointless journey, wasn't it?
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
was what Trazadone's mother said to his father when their kid finally graduated from nursery school.
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST
Good job with this. As others have pointed out-- this has been a high point for AICN in the past year.
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST
"It was ... fun!"
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST
I really enjoyed reading most of your reviews. You developed into a pretty clear and concise writer, even in long form reviews. A few nerds from this site could take a few clues from you about how to do that.
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST
The American Netherlands Cementery near Maastricht, the Netherlands, was initially established for the American dead of Operation Market Garden. It is one of the most beautiful spots I have ever visited. If you are ever in this part of the Netherlands, you should visit and pay your respects.
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST
Look forward to your next project, Quint. ;)
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST
...ever. Nicely done, Quint. It's true that almost without exception you never wrote any short, mindless, throwaway reviews, and that its truly honorable. You have consistently displayed an honest and discerning passion for movies. It has been a pleasure to hear your thoughts on these many films and to observe your rapid development as a film reviewer. Bravo! Looking forward to whatever you have coming next.
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
This column had a level of nuance and thoughtfulness that's rare on this site, especially now with Drew's departure. I hope that your colleagues are inspired by your work and that that inspiration helps to elevate the standards of AICN for the future. Thanks for the many entertaining hours of reading.
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
I looked forward to this column every day. You opened my eyes to a number of films I hadn't heard of or would have otherwise ignored. Case in point, AMC aired Two Minute Warning last week. It's on my DVR and I will watch it when I have the opportunity. Had I not read your review, it would have been skipped. I'll continue to anticipate your new reviews, Quint, when you're able to post them.
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Now kick back and celebrate. That was quite some marathon.
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST
by UCB Agent1
In my opinion it just has too much going on. I always felt that the Redford and Caan bits should have been cut. I agree with whoever said "The Longest Day"(Also a Cornelius Ryan book)was the best star-filled WWII epic. I think they did a better job balancing the scale of the invasion with the smaller stories.
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST
by Robots In Das Guys
This was (is...) the best column on the site. You took this huge undertaking and ran with it, and I feel like I have learned so much from it! Thank you Quint!
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST
Look forward to a Movie A Week. You might also think about going through some of the classics that you HAVE seen, specifically for the purpose of discussion. Sort of like Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" column. <p> Thanks a lot for each of these. I tried to follow along as much as I could, and I wasn't disappointed.
Jan. 9, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST
Along with Jack Cardiff. 'nuff said.
Jan. 9, 2009, 11 a.m. CST
you did a great job and it makes me sad that this is going by the by but I wanted to congratulate you on a ob well done
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
by wolverines claw
Don't know if it's what you would call soft focus but why was this look so popular back in the 70's?
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
This has been the best recurring feature on AICN
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
Thanks Quint. It's been a great run.
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST
- and congratulations!
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST
by IndyAbbey Jones
ven though it not everyday, you still adding to you list of write ups, so one could potentaly come here and select one movie a day to watch..well as long as you can make it to 365 titles
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST
by Leafar the Lost
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
was in Godfather II. Everyone knows THAT. The next best Hail Mary was the pass Terry Bradshaw threw and Franco Harris just happened to scoop up
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
but I need my Quint fix dammit! Promise you'll at least return to "a horror movie a day" next October?
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST
you didn't forget Poland!
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
I'll miss this column.
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
Thanks , man. I was able to check out so many flicks thanks to this column and get a great modern day viewpoint on theseclassics. I've kind of been having my own AMAD which may just mirror off of yours at points. Quint, you rock. Just don't leave the site.
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST
The scale of this is just awesome!!! Sean Connery, Max Schell, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Cain, Holy shit!!! If they made this movie today, and they couldn't, would the cast be made up of sexually ambiguous Abercrombie pussies?? Prob yes. Would they CGI be overblown?? Prob Yes. Would it be directed by Michael Bay or Some other MTVesqe sensabilites director?? Prop yes and or yes. Please get this Blu-Ray, this Patton, The Battle of Britain and The Longest Day all came out on Blu at about the same time and are among the top war films ever. In Blu they look stunning!! Now if we can get Downfall in Blu I will be happy
Jan. 9, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST
If i remember correctly, Goldman talks about how in the film the river crossers who get shot to pieces are the heart-wrenching part - however in reality, the people there said that what was even worse was that there was another wave who had to stand and watch the slaughter and then get in the water and do the same thing - couldnt work it into the screenplay though...
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST
but there's still time to ban Trazadone. Please, let's finish this the right way.
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST
"...who promises to look after his green bunkmate."<p>Not just his bunkmate but his Captain. That's what threw me later on - he's not some green Private, but a green Captain. An officer stuck in the middle of leading his men into battle but not highly ranked enough to have been privy to the intel regarding the tanks. <p>The Captain was played by a young Nicholas Campbell, very prolific Canadian actor, probably would be best known around here as Deputy Frank Dodd in the Dead Zone.
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
That 1400 page document you now have is called a "manuscript." Time for a book, my friend.
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
This was severely underrated and overlooked by the critics when it was released - maybe reviews like this one will bring it the kudos it deserves. And kudos to you, Quint - what a great journey. Just ignore the cretins who criticize you for not having seen everything worth seeing - we all have significant gaps in our pop culture ouvre (?).
Jan. 9, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
This and The Longest Day are probably my favorites.<p>If I'm extremely ambitious I may be able to get close to seeing 200 movies in a year. Maybe.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST
Anyone who uses their position on a site this popular to unearth all those slices of celluloid art that have fallen under the cracks over the years- and believe me, you could watch 10 movies a day with all the classics they leave OFF the top 100 lists- deserves all the props he gets in my book.<p> Other than that, I second whatever Continentalop has to say- when he eventually turns up, that is.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST
Great column. It doesn't feel like it's been seven months since it started, but then I see the sheer amount of movies you watched and go "whoa."
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST
by greigy just wanted to say
Take a breaK Dude, you deserve it, but PLEASE bring it back.... best thing to happen to AICN for ages..
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST
Quint, you've done a tremendous job of bringing the readers of this site along on your expoloration of films. It was always interesting. Take a bow, sir.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST
How can you do this, would Robert Shaw give up like this? NO HE BLOODY WOULD NOT! so aicn goes back to standard fanboy fare. Seriously good luck Quint. It's been emotional.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST
by Jawa 007
I'll echo what everyone else was saying - good work!
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST
The Hail Mary part had me at the edge of my seat. This was the most exciting and epic war film I had ever seen. There are lots of great war films but this one was the most epic with a somewhat surprising ending having not known the real event in history, though I should have guessed! I'm sad its come to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and I salute you Quint for carrying it off for this long. I have now queued up several films on my LoveFilm DVD subscription as a result of this series. Thank you. Great stuff.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST
and many more not mentioned that I've never seen. In the mail today I got All That Jazz; I think I'll be watching it tonight.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST
For 200+ days of greatness. AICN is now reduced. Please consider AMAW as a way to keep this going without burning out - a movie a week.<p> And A Bridge Too Far may have been one of the greatest casts ever assembled for a single film.
Jan. 9, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST
really enjoyed the AMAD column, nice work sir, a great way to investigate all the cinema we've missed. kickass!
Jan. 9, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST
Your column was a great daily read.
Jan. 9, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST
First movie ever made was Star Wars... is this one what, second, or third ? A friend told me a joke the other, he said there was black and white movies before Star Wars, and even mute ones. I'm not that dumb.
Jan. 9, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST
Man love coming your way, dude. If I ever manage to attend one of these BNAt things, I'll shake your hand for this column.
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST
This has been a fun series. Thanks for doing it.
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST
British Army not Scottish(luv the scotts).and Quint you have inspired me to stockpile a bunch of never seen films and try to watch them much the same way you did.Well done Sir.
Jan. 9, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST
Seriously, something like this takes so much dedication and time, but somehow you really did it.
Jan. 9, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST
by Hikaru Ichijo
Jan. 9, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST
Besides congratulating you on an outstanding job and wishing you a fond farewell, I am also going to mention to any fans of this column that live in LA that the Egyptian is screening "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" at the end of this month. One of the nearly forgotten tittles whose name was always mentioned.
Jan. 9, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST
This was my favorite feature on AICN. Great work Quint and I hope ypu bring it back in the future.
Jan. 9, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST
This is my thesis!!!!
Jan. 9, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
Quint, when you work 1400 pages of AMADs into book form, don't forget that you did eventually discuss the "unreviewable" bomb in the body of the talkback.
Jan. 9, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
I'm not rich - not even middle class any more. I have boxes of comics I read, shelves of books, paperbacks and graphic novels I've read, shelves and cabinets full of VHS I've seen, a wall of albums, cassettes and CDs I've heard. and a few dozen of these new fangled DVD things that I've watched. I guess I'm just envious of the comfortably well off, but it's hard to grasp the idea of someone having hundreds of movies they've never seen.<p>Though I can see why a movie reviewer would be likely to have such an accumulation, and you certainly put them to good use.<p>harlan Ellison had a huge library room full of bookshelves and books and someone asked him once "have you read all these? and he replied "what would be the point of having a library full of books you've already read?"<p>Still, pity the chumps who invested in building up libraries of video tapes, betamax, laser discs, 8-tracks and Atari 2600 game cartridges. And the countdown on adding blu-ray to that heap has already begun...
Jan. 9, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
Loved the column, loved the reviews will be looking forward to the week-end now
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
for all the great reviews, and thoughts. Now, get some sleep.
Jan. 9, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST
by Ronald Raygun
You didn't teach me to read or anything like that, but you sort of snapped me out of this cinematic apathy I'd developed over the years. You taught me to just grab a strange movie that looked interesting and see what happens. And for movie-lovers like us, that's a pretty big thing. So, thank you Quint.
Jan. 10, 2009, 1:53 a.m. CST
I really didn't think you would keep it up this long, but man, props to you. That's a lot of film. Really enjoyed it. Now go outside and get some fresh air.
Jan. 10, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST
I'd just like to add to all the love and add my thanks for this fantastic series of columns Quint. It's really opened my eyes and inspired me to start digging through the depths of my own collections and restart my own movie education. I'll miss the columns but I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write them. Thanks again.
Jan. 10, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST
makes me want to cry. Can we get Quint to review Gaza?
Jan. 10, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
Drat, I'd started to take these for granted. Quint, you could probably publish a book of these, you know! YOU SHOULD!!! and please recharge your batteries and do a round 2. BRAVO!!!
Jan. 10, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
AB2F is an amazing movie and a suitably epic sendoff for the column, and I'm glad you got to enjoy it. Yep, it's true... they don't make 'em like this anymore.
Jan. 10, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
this column, my 500-title neflix queue (VERY different now thanks to Quint and Ebert's Great Movies essays), and my remaining life expectancy of an entirely inadequate several decades has inspired me to just start AMADing myself (minus the essays). There's literally more than I can see in my lifetime. But on the other hand I never want to feel like I'm wasting my life sitting on my duff. I think the trick is seeing a good AMAD you've been meaning to get to and cutting out all the extraneous stuff (and there is WAY too much of that). Guess I'd better start cracking.
Jan. 10, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
... was my bad pun cut off by the character limit in the above subject line. Oh well.
Jan. 10, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
better is if it came with a video version of the reviews complete with scene clips.<p>What I found interesting about this segment wasn't just all the great films but that Quint was discovering them for the first time.
Jan. 10, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
geeks out there. Remember when The Black Hole was in the top ten for days beyond the weekend. Sure, AMAD made the top ten quite often on weekends when things were slow. The Black Hole talkback was one of the best. It was definitely the best AMAD talkback.
Jan. 10, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST
Yay, I found my password again--just in time to add that I'm going to miss this column, too. Maybe A MOVIE A MONTH?
Jan. 10, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST
My respect. The AICN readers, and I'm sure YOU especially, are all better off for it. Congratulation.
Jan. 10, 2009, 8 p.m. CST
Sorry that I couldn't make a better eulogy for this column and a more articulate farewell form Quint, but it has been a busy week for me. <p> But I do want to mention I was at the premier of My Bloody Valentine 3-D this Thursday (not to brag) and while Jensen Ackles, Jamie King, Jessica Alba, Wes Craven, Frank Miller, and Paris and Nicky Hilton were in attendance, the only celebrity I cared to meet was the legend himself, Mr. Tom Atkins. In fact, I have to say I had an almost religious experience meeting him, considering how much love we have been giving him here on this talkback and felt it was my job to represent Quint and all of his fans here at AMAD and tell him how much I (and we) appreciate his work (good news was I think he was wearing underwear, so no unseemly bulge like in the “New Kids”). I am glad to say Mr. Atkins is a very nice, humble man and was very polite as I rambled on about how much I dig his work, and it was actually going pretty good and I thought I was doing a respectable job acting as a rep for AMAD fans. <p>Then my friend clumsily spilled his red wine on my shoes and all over the floor, forcing Mr. Atkins to retreat to the other side of the Level 3 away from me (and my shit-faced friend). Damn, I didn’t get a photo with him, but he did let us eat some of his chocolates from his Valentine’s Candy Box. And it proves something we here at AMAD have known for a while: Tom Atkins is the man!
Jan. 11, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST
by D o o d
It just got in the way of Movie news. Like I have mentioned in the past, there should've been a seperate area for it. The fact that it kept updating on the front page got very very tiresome and annoying! Anyway, quint did a good job by putting himself through but it still annoyed the hell out of me.
Jan. 11, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST
Can we blame it on Bush? If not, is it too late to surrender?
Jan. 11, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
Scottish troops are British troops.Same Army, you don't have to be Scottish to be in a Scottish regiment.
Jan. 11, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST
A minor point really though. Thanks Quint, really enjoyed the feature and the talkbacks, will miss 'em!
Jan. 11, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST
was this column i think!
Jan. 11, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST
And that includes some damn good scores, like PATTON and DIRTY DOZEN and GREAT ESCAPE. And I have to second the comment above about Hackman's priceless accent in this one. I love the scene where he eats the scenery talking about how he considered filing a statement saying he was making the drop under protest, in case of disaster. But he decides not to - "In case ov disastrah, vat vould be va point?"
Jan. 12, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST
Quint, I have to admit that while I have never read the Movie a Day collumn, I am delighted that you really have gone "out of one's comfort zone" as some would say, in bridging your film knowledge and that is something I find refreshing here. As for "A Bridge Too Far", though it originally was considered overwrought by some critics, stands in hindsight as an underappreciated (if you can believe that after watching it) war epic that show what happens when inconvenient intel gaps and contradictory information are outright ignored. The result is truly gutwrenching and you almost feel as angry and frustrated as the grunts do in this film. It is however, arguably very much a part of the post-Vietnam malaise in some of its tone (albeit unconsciously) and that can be overlooked here. The two most agonizing scenes in the film for me are James Caan threatening to blow the head off the head surgeon and Harry sitting in the cellar dying ("Say Harry, I've always meant to ask you: Why do you carry that damned umbrella with you?").
Jan. 12, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
I think OPERATION MARKET GARDEN fook ups made Hannibal Lechter a cannibal. Anthony Hopkins was great in this film. And the director, for those few not knowing, years later played the elderly white-haired JURASSIC PARK owner. This movie is full of 70's big name stars. Quint can't wait for your next Movie A Day review. Wait, oh crap, you're done? Well maybe you will revisit this concept sometime in the future. We will save you an aisle seat in the balcony. It used to be Siskel's spot. I wonder if he was buried in the White Travolta suit he bought for $100,000?
Jan. 14, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST
Thanks for the column. This is truly one of the great war films, tragically overlooked at the time of its release. The Blu-Ray is stunning, and allows us to see the film in a very pristine state. The book Bridge Too Far is the second in a trilogy of non-fiction works by Corneilus Ryan, the first being The Longest Day, and the final being The Last Battle. The problem, commercially, for the film was that the operation detailed was a "failure". It wasn't really, though many men lost their lives unnecessarily. Many of the objectives of the operation were achieved. One problem I have with your review is your comment that Lt. General Browning (Dirk Bogarde in a masterful performance) "ignored" crucial intelligence that panzer tanks were near Arnhem. The point of his scenes was not that he ignored the intelligence, or didn't understand it. Once the intelligence was received (and there was more than just the one guy in the movie) the Operation was a "go". It wasn't going to be cancelled, such was Montgomery's power and influence. There was a constant battle of wills between Monty and the Americans, a battle that have everything to do with England's self-image, and their desire not to be seen as having been saved by their former colony. Browning was well aware of the importance of the intelligence, but he understood that at a certain point casting negative light on a mission in which men were going to die would be counterproductive. Even the young intelligence officer understood this, and we can see it in his dismay when he is relieved of duty, and has to "miss out" on an operation that he knows might be a disaster. At the end, in a crucial scene, after the operation has been completed, Browning utters the title of the film, that he always knew they were going a "Bridge Too Far". He knew, he clearly made his arguments, but once the operation was a go he had to put his support behind it. Many of the same concerns are explained in the scenes with Gene Hackman's Polish General, such as the brilliant scene in which Browning asks if he wants a letter detailing his objections to the operation. Hackman replies that in the event of a disaster, what would be the point of the letter. There is a loyalty, a code of conduct, among the soldiers and the higher ups. As high an officer as Browning was, he wasn't the highest, and he had his orders, as did Hackman, who dropped into Holland with his men when it was clear that the landing sites were under German control. On a personal note, when I went to Amsterdam, I took a day trip to Arnhem. I talked to a local on the train who explained to me that I might want to go to Remagen, which had been a success, and I explained that I wanted to see the city where Market Garden came to a halt. Arriving in town, I walked along the river to the bridge, which was much larger than it seemed in the movie. The city itself didn't resemble the one in the movie, because the city was almost completely destroyed by the Germans, but the bridge was there, and, on the Holland side, a plaque dedicated to the brave soldiers who gave their life to free the Netherlands from German control. It was a moving moment, to see that bridge, to walk across it, to read that plaque, to see just how horribly difficult the mission in Arnhem was. Anyway, thanks for the reviews.
Feb. 3, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST
So many films! I was cynical at times, but there are at least a dozen movies I will (or have) checked out because of this. A BRIDGE TOO FAR is one of them.
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