Die Brücke (The Bridge)
Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959)

Bernhard Wicki's directorial debut, this is an excellent little film with little plot and no known names on the roster. In the final days of World War II, German teenagers join the Nazi army in a futile attempt to stop the enemy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 22, 1959
DVD Release Date: July 28, 1998
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Director Bernhard Wicki's precise and gripping staging of the final battle brings the tragedy of war sickeningly alive.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

That it is Hitler doing the exploiting has little relevance to the overriding theme of tragic history humanity remains doomed to repeat: sending naive young men--and, at some times and places, boys--to their ends.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

An extremely effective antiwar film made even more notable by its German origin.

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Eric Melin

One of the best anti-war movies ever ... it's unusual to see German soldiers portrayed in a human light, much less courageous teenagers who think they are doing the right thing.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a searing portrait of young soldiers unprepared for the realities of war thanks to the fantasies of Nazi propaganda.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a devastating portrayal of enthusiasm for the glories of war, fueled in equal parts by youthful naiveté and political indoctrination, crashing against the realities of human bloodshed

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Wicki brings a tremendous sense of confidence to the project, letting the details of life on the home front heighten the tragedy to come.

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Sophie Burgess
A really great and interesting view of the war. I really connected with the kids and found myself pleading that the Americans would'nt come over the… More