5 "But who is the enemy?"farnzy | 27/06/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Director John Guillermin must have a deep affection for destroying architecture. In The Towering Inferno he torched a skyscraper, but he throws bombs, bullets, and tanks at the titular bridge in his often overlooked The Bridge At Remargen.Remargen follows a number of soldiers of all ranks and on both sides as had been the genre standard set by The Longest Day. The American focus is on George Segal, a weary recon officer trying his not to get shot as the war draws to a close. His character seems to be a turning point in war films as he is insubordinate, shell shocked, and faces mutiny from his men as he hands them yet another reckless mission.Released at the height of the Vietnam war, Segal and Ben Gazzara, as his looting Seargent, uncover the truth about G.I.s in WW2 when they were being held up as a perfect example to the "whinging" soldiers fighting and dying in South East Asia.Social commentary apart, The Bridge At Remargen is a taut, well made film, balanced in its approach to the conflict. Robert Vaughn is Segal's German counterpart commanded to hold the bridge at all costs. They are both connected and seperated by the Bridge, just as they are by their profession and birth. However a cigarette case is used touchingly to highlight the futility of war, and like any well written adversaries, their similarities.When the bridge after defiantly resisting constant bombardment finally collapses, we are reminded of the fate of Germany and her people; defying overwhelming odds placed on them by Hitler and the Nazis before finally buckling under intense pressure from all sides.