The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Synopsis:
When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Spectacularly produced, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even it's theme song, an old WWII whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive hit. THE BRIDGE ONTHE RIVER KWAI continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.

Genre: Dramas
Director: Theatrical Release: 1957
Rated: PG (MPAA)
Length: 162 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Language: English

Synopsis:
When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Spectacularly produced, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even it's theme song, an old WWII whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive hit. THE BRIDGE ONTHE RIVER KWAI continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.

One of the all-time great war films, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is yet another classic from the marvelous David Lean (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, DR. ZHIVAGO). The film is an outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1952 novel, a classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson (a fabulous Alec Guinness), the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Although credited to screenwriter Carl Foreman, the script was actually written by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The film garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Guinness). The climax is one of the great finales in film history.;

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James Donald - British Actor
Jack Hawkins - British Actor
Sessue Hayakawa - Japanese Actor/Writer
Percy Herbert - British Character Actor
Geoffrey Horne - British Actor
Andre Morell - British Character Actor
Harold Goodwin - British Character Actor
Calder Willingham -
Peter Williams -
Malcolm Arnold -
Michael Henry Wilson -
Carl Foreman - Screenwriter, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Don Ashton -
Ann Sears -
Henry Okawa -
K. Katsumoto -
Peter Taylor - British Editor, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1967)
Pierre Boulle - French Author
Jack Hildyard - British Director of Photography
Chicago Sun-Times
04/18/1999
"...Lean handles the climax with precision and suspense..."
USA Today
11/17/2000
"...[A] masterpiece...purely enjoyable..."
Entertainment Weekly
11/24/2000
"...[A] masterpiece....That rare film about something as seemingly black-and-white as World War II that is colored entirely in shades of gray, and the better for it..."
Total Film
03/01/2001
"...It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War..."
Premiere
12/01/2003
"...[T]wo compelling stories jelled into one sprawling action film..."
Total Film
06/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing."
Sight and Sound
07/01/2011
"The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction."
Academy Awards Best Actor Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Cinematography Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Director Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Film Editing Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Original Score Winner 1957
Academy Awards Best Picture Winner 1957

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