The Bridges at Toko-Ri

The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

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William Holden's aircraft is hit while returning from the bombing mission. He ditches the plan in enemy territory. Mickey Rooney arrives in a chopper to pick him up but the chopper is badly damaged in firing. In the end both die while fighting the enemy.

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Character mistake: RAdm Tarrant (Frederic March) is on the command deck watching the helicopter land. He's wearing a ball cap with his rank insignia, 2 stars. But they're inside down (points down).

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Lt. Harry Brubaker: Did you ever hear Admiral Tarrant go on about the war? About the chosen few who have to lay it on the line?
Mike Forney: Naw, me and Nester don't do too much fraternizing with admirals.

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Trivia: Although the carrier used in the movie was the U.S.S. Oriskany, for the film it was given the fictitious name of U.S.S. Savo. I do not know why that name was chosen or by whom, but it was a very ironic choice. Although many U.S. carriers have been named after famous battles that were American victories (including Oriskany), the Battle of Savo, early in WWII, was one of the worst defeats in the history of the U.S. Navy.

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