Following so quickly the global drama of World War II, the Korean War inspired few films. Director Mark Robson made one of them in 1951, I Want You, while the war was still hot. In 1955, after the war had cooled, he directed The Bridges at Toko-Ri, based on the novel by the reliable and extremely popular James Michener. The film has all the thrills and suspense of the best air war movies, yet its plot is decidedly anti-war. William Holden stars as a World War II combat pilot called back into duty. His reluctance to fight symbolized Americans' war-weariness in the early 1950s. Grace Kelly plays his wife and Mickey Rooney appears as the stereotypical doomed comrade. A taut, well-honed, and highly charged socio-political drama as well as an adventure movie, The Bridges at Toko-Ri won a special effects Oscar and a place among the finest combat movies.
by Michael Betzold review