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The Bridge

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Original title
Die Brücke
Running time
105 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Bernhard Wicki, Karl-Wilhelm Vivier, Michael Mansfeld (Novel: Manfred Gregor)
Hans-Martin Majewski
Gerd von Bonin (B&W)
Fono Film
War. Drama | Teen/coming-of-age. Nazism. II World War. 1940s
Synopsis / Plot
A group of German boys is 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.
1959: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1959: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1959: 4 German Film Awards: including Best Film and Director
1960: Mar de Plata Film Festival: Best Film
1961: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Film
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