NEWSFLASH : A BRITISH MOVIE " A BRIDGEMATE TOO FAR " PRODUCED AT THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE BRIDGE CLUB FILM STUDIOS RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS AS ITS PREMIER SHOWING AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ........
( A review by Pun )
Based on true story and directed by Howard Bigot-Johnson , " A Bridgemate Too Far " is a disaster war movie in which the West attempted to make a pre-emptive airborne strike against the North, only to see this ill-fated mission ( code name " grand slam " ) fail in a most spectacular and bloody way.
The Western forces commander decided to launch an attack on the North by means of airborne assault , one which was destined to become the most costly in the history of human conflict. Expecting the enemy to be completely demoralised from losses sustained in previous skirmishes , this bold and daring plan to launch a bridgemate deep into enemy territory seemed like a good idea at the time. However , the mission's objectives never had a chance in hell of being achieved. The planned landing destination proved to be a step too far. The enemy contrary to sketchy surveillance reports was in far better shape than first thought , and had more than enough resources to retaliate with devastating effect.
The film reveals how ( in hindsight ) the lack of information about the enemy's capacity to counter-attack proved fatal. Even words of caution from General Peter East " I think this could be a bridgemate too far " fell on deaf ears , with the Western allied commander in no mood to reconsider or delay his plan. As a consequence of his erroneous judgement , disaster was inevitable. With losses piling up by the thousand an important lesson , belatedly , had been learnt about the folly of carrying out an ill-conceived and ill-advised air strike.
The wisdom contained in the the old adage of " never bite off more than one can chew " was clearly evident , given how big and bold this grand slam mission was : one which required so many things to be right if there was going to be even the remotest chance of success .