The description from The History Channel Website: Examines the 1977 film about the largest and most daring airborne operation ever conceived. Set in motion on September 17, 1944, Operation Market Garden, designed to use paratroopers to strike and hold a series of bridges in the Netherlands, resulted in the worst Allied defeat in WWII. Richard Attenborough directed the William Goldman screenplay from the Cornelius Ryan novel, with Robert Redford, Elliott Gould, and James Caan. Interviews include Goldman, Gould, and German, British, and U.S. veterans. TV PG I hadn't seen this film for ten years or so and finally watched it on dvd last week. What a thrilling surprise! It actually reminded me of Black Hawk Down, and I believe Scott owes much to Attenborough, who preceeded him. Why this film isn't mentioned in "Best War Film" lists is beyond me, I found it magnificent. Now, we get to see how truthful the movie was to the facts. Much blame for the failure of the operation was placed on Montgomery. He did, after all, plan the whole thing, " . . . to get the boys home for Christmas." I'm also interested in how authentic the Germans were portrayed. I hope this television show really gets into the film and doesn't gloss over any blatant "Hollwoodisms." I always remembered the quiet yet strong performance by the actor playing the British Colonel in charge of holding the bridge in Arnhem. I did not remember his name, nor did I know him as an actor when I first saw the film. The character, Lt. Colonel John Frost is played by none other than Anthony Hopkins, before he had made a name for himself. A tremendous performance. Of course, the big Hollywood names like Gene Hackman, James Caan, and Ryan O'Neil got most of the publicity, along witht he better known British actors like Sean Connery and Michael Caine. For my money, Hopkins stole the show.