The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
[Kreuger is offered a last cigarette before he is executed by firing squad. He and the Nazi Officer hear planes]
Major Paul Kreuger: Ours or theirs?
Nazi Officer: Enemy planes, sir.
Major Paul Kreuger: But who is the enemy?
Gen. Von Sturmer: Why? How could it happen? Another hundred meters and the Americans would have captured the Ober Kassel Bridge.
Gen. von Brock: It was the only escape route for our units in that sector.
Gen. Von Sturmer: Escape route? No. A highway for the American army into the heart of Germany! In any case, the Führer has determined you shall not take such a risk again.
Gen. von Brock: Not very likely: there's only one bridge left.
Gen. Von Sturmer: And already it is threatened by the American forces. One breakthrough, a few hours, and this too can be lost. General von Brock, you must prepare to destroy the Remagen bridge at the earliest possible moment.
Gen. von Brock: Destroy? We have 75,000 men who would be trapped on the other side of the Rhine.
Gen. Von Sturmer: And if the bridge falls to the enemy, are you prepared for the consequences?
Gen. von Brock: These men are all that's left of the 15th Army. Their only hope of salvation is that bridge!
Gen. Von Sturmer: The 15th Army will stand or die. The Fuhrer has ordered that not one foot of our sacred soil will be yielded to the enemy.
Gen. von Brock: Herr Feldmarschall, if orders won wars, we wouldn't now be fighting with our backs against the Rhine, we'd be dancing at the London Savoy!
Capt. Otto Baumann: Farce! Where are the bombers? Our reinforcements? This is the most important place in Germany, and what do we have to fight with? Old men, riff-raff, the sweepings from the road.
Major Paul Kreuger: And you, Baumann. Will you fight as hard as you talk?
Capt. Otto Baumann: You will find out when we attack.
Major Paul Kreuger: I understand the Russians are at the Elbe.
Gen. von Brock: Yes.
Major Paul Kreuger: And here?
Gen. von Brock: Worse. Utter confusion. Every day I get orders to attack with divisions that no longer exist. Hitler still thinks he's winning the war.
Major Paul Kreuger: The Army helped bring Hitler into power. Are you saying we made a mistake?
Major Paul Kreuger: [Calling on field radio to side of bridge under attack by Americans] Sgt. Becker Sgt. Becker, this is Major Kreuger calling.
Lt. Phil Hartman: [Answers German radio] He's dead, Major!
General Shinner: We're not going to blow that bridge, Barnes, we're going to take it!
Major Barnes: Take it?
General Shinner: As long as it's still standing, we've got a chance. When we get out there, cut every wire and cable. Dent, alert HQ. Ask 'em to give us every available unit on the double.
Col. Dent: Yessir.
Major Barnes: Jesus, sir. I mean, I hate to think of our men in the middle of the bridge when they blow it.
General Shinner: It's a crapshoot, Major. Take that bridge and we shorten the war. We're risking a hundred men, but we may save 10,000 - even 50,000! It's your chance to make history, Major! What you've got to do is throw your men across. Now, Major!
Lt. Phil Hartman: Get the men up. We're moving out.
Sgt. Angelo: Those men are tired. They'll kill us.
Lt. Phil Hartman: They're so happy we didn't find any Germans here, they want us to keep going until we do.
Lt. Phil Hartman: How do you know Stadt Meckenheim isn't crawling with Germans? What if they unload on us?
Major Barnes: Then we'll know, won't we, Lieutenant?
Major Paul Kreuger: So, Captain Baumann, I trust that in the event of an emergency, at least the explosives are in place to blow up the bridge?
Capt. Otto Baumann: Not yet, Herr Major. It is reported that 600 kilos of high explosives are on the way. But perhaps, that TOO is only a rumor.
Major Paul Kreuger: [to General von Brock over the phone asking for reinforcements] Herr General, your regrets will not save the bridge. The two panzer battalions might.
Major Barnes: Look, uh, Hartman, I know it's been a hard blow. It's always a shock to lose a buddy, a man you worked with and fought with. I mean, we're all human. I guess what I'm trying to say is... I realize Captain Colt was your friend. He was my friend, too.
Lt. Phil Hartman: Bullshit.
Major Barnes: Would you, uh... care to rephrase that, Lieutenant?
Lt. Phil Hartman: You don't have any friends out here, Major. Neither do I. We can't afford them. Neither one of us.
Major Paul Kreuger: Germany has lost four million sons.
Greta Holzgang: I pity them. But I pity most my own son.
Lt. Phil Hartman: You got your camera with you, Glover?
Pvt. Glover: No, sir. I kinda sold it back to Sergeant Angel.
Lt. Phil Hartman: When the Krauts blow that bridge, that's gonna be some picture.