5 "First class!"farnzy | 05/06/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Atttenborough's adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's book is a masterclass of action cinema, a testament to his power to attract every major star of the day, and a fitting tribute to Montgomery's greatest military blunder.Monty, stung by growing criticism at his slow progress through France after D-Day went overboard in his reaction. Recklessly he planned to drop 3 airborne divisions behind German lines to secure a succession of bridges to speed up the invaision of the Reich.Attenborough doesn't shirk from showing the ignorance and arrogance of the top brass-most notably in Bogarde's portrayal of General Browning. He is also even handed in his treatment of both Allied and Axis combatants; each side equally inhabited by heroes and incompetants.Moreover A Bridge Too Far has set piece after set piece that are simply breathtaking and heart-wrenching. The Allied aerial amarda, XXX Corps initial battle, the Polish Brigades river crossing, and the wounded troops of 1st Para singing "Abide With Me."It may seem tame in the wake of the violent realism of Saving Private Ryan, but pound for pound Attenborough's film is little short of a cinematic masterpiece.