Solid war drama with some good air action, but the operative word here is
drama more than action. Filmed during the Korean War, The Bridges at Toko-Ri is the story of
an aircraft carrier and its mission to send a decisive message to the Koreans and Chinese holding
the line in Korea. The bridges of the title are deep in enemy territory, protected by a narrow
entry through a mountain range. Admiral Tarrant is determined to knock the bridges out, despite the
probability of heavy casualties. Lest you think the Admiral is a cold-hearted automaton, he's
extremely interested in pilot Lt. Harry Brubaker and his family. It seems Brubaker reminds him of a
son lost in another war. Then there's little Mike Forney piloting his rescue chopper with flare and
daring and Wing Commander Wayne Lee determined to get the job done despite the odds. Mix in a touch
of typical war movie humor and The Bridges at Toko-Ri is an entertaining exercise in naval
air warfare. Perhaps Bridges struggles a trifle too hard at its humor and attempts at charm.
Director Mark Robson certainly chooses a few too many portent close-ups of concerned a Admiral
Tarrant every time Brubaker's name comes up.
The full screen transfer is pretty clean and the color still appears vital. The colors on the dresses of the Japanese bar girls is rich and fully saturated. Paramount delivers with little or no edge enhancement to interfere with picture clarity. Detail is well resolved and contrast is fine. The short night segment in Tokyo has plenty of vitality. The mono sound is clean and the aircraft carrier atmosphere is effective.
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