The Night the Bridge Fell Down
|The Night the Bridge Fell Down|
|Directed by||Georg Fenady|
|Produced by||Irwin Allen|
Desi Arnaz Jr.
|Music by||Richard LaSalle|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Television|
The Night the Bridge Fell Down is an American disaster film starring James MacArthur, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Leslie Nielsen. The movie was produced by Irwin Allen in 1979 in association with Warner Bros. Television for NBC but not aired until February 28, 1983 - the same night the final original episode of M*A*S*H ("Goodbye, Farewell and Amen") aired on rival network CBS.
The fictional Madison Bridge is represented by the Astoria-Megler Bridge on the Columbia River, the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.
Engineer Cal Miller's unauthorized attempt to close off the dangerously unstable Madison Bridge is foiled by the police pursuit of a robbery suspect. The chase ends in a multi-car accident in the middle of the bridge, which begins falling apart during the confusion. Miller organizes a rescue operation for the handful of bystanders who find themselves stranded with the armed suspect and a wounded policeman on a short stretch of crumbling pavement high atop a single collapsing pylon.
- James MacArthur as Cal Miller
- Desi Arnaz Jr. as Johnny Pyle
- Char Fontane as Dee
- Richard Gilliland as Harvey Lewis
- Leslie Nielsen as Paul Warren
- Eve Plumb as Terry Kelly
- Barbara Rush as Elaine Howard
- Gregory Sierra as Diego Ramirez
- Phillip Baker Hall as Warren Meech
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