The film was based on a couple of USMC squadrons Michener covered for Life magazine while assigned to aircraft carriers off the coast of North Korea. Among the aviators he followed was a very young and unknown Neil Armstrong.
Among the faithful, The Bridges at Toko-Ri is noted for its extremely realistic combat scenes using F9F Panther jets.
It won the Oscar for Special Effects, and we can clearly see why with all these jets zooming in to attack the enormous mountain-bridges of the title while being shot at by Korean flak gunners. And if Korean flak gunners don't get you interested, how about the radiant young Grace Kelly in living color?
The film's last line is remembered by all who see it, we suppose because it's short. And uttered by a crusty Frederick March as Admiral Tarrant. The line? "Where do we get such men?" He repeats it, of course. You have to say a line like that twice in these movies.