The Bridge

The Bridge (1959)

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1959-10-21
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 161 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Fono Film
  • Production Country: Germany
  • Director: Bernhard Wicki
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A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge. The film is based on a West German anti-war novel of the same name, written by Gregor Dorfmeister.

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  • Folker Bohnet

    as Hans Scholten
  • Fritz Wepper

    as Albert Mutz
  • Michael Hinz

    as Walter Forst
  • Frank Glaubrecht

    as Jurgen Borchert
  • Karl Michael Balzer

    as Karl Horber
  • Volker Lechtenbrink

    as Klaus Hager
  • Günther Hoffmann

    as Sigi Bernhard
  • Cordula Trantow

    as Franziska
  • Wolfgang Stumpf

    as Stern
  • Günter Pfitzmann

    as Heilmann
  • Heinz Spitzner

    as Fröhlich
  • Siegfried Schürenberg

    as Lieutenant Colonel
  • Ruth Hausmeister

    as Frau Mutz
  • Eva Vaitl

    as Frau Borchert
  • Edith Schultze-Westrum

    as Mutter Bernhard
  • Hans Elwenspoek

    as Frost
  • Trude Breitschopf

    as Frau Frost
  • Klaus Hellmold

    as Horber
  • Inge Benz

    as Sigrun
  • Til Kiwe

    as Ritter
  • Edeltraut Elsner

    as Barbara
  • Vicco von Bülow

    as Stabsweldfebel
  • Georg Lehn

    as Stabsweldfebel
  • Johannes Buzalski

    as Wounded Soldier
  • Heini Göbel

    as Feldwebel Verpflegung
  • Alexander Hunzinger

    as Gefreiter
Editing Carl Otto Bartning Editor
Sound Willi Schwadorf Sound Designer
Camera Gerd von Bonin Director of Photography
Writing Karl-Wilhelm Vivier Screenplay
Writing Bernhard Wicki Screenplay
Directing Bernhard Wicki Director
Writing Michael Mansfeld Screenplay
Writing Gregor Dorfmeister Novel
Production Hans Wolff Executive Producer
Production Karl Hellmer Location Manager
Costume & Make-Up Josef Wanke Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Alfred Rasche Makeup Artist
Directing Holger Lussmann Assistant Director
Art Peter Scharff Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Jonas Müller Makeup Artist
Camera Gabriele Du Vinage Still Photographer
Visual Effects Karl Baumgartner Pyrotechnic Supervisor
Sound Oskar Sala Sound Effects Editor
Production Rudolf Fichtner Location Manager
Sound Hans-Martin Majewski Original Music Composer
Crew Erwin Lange Special Effects