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The Bridge on the River Kwai


William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa View All


Carl Foreman (Screenplay), David Lean (Director), Michael Wilson (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 2nd, 1957
Runtime: 2 hours, 41 minutes
The 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 , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.
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I started watching 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' at around 11 pm last night (the third film of that night). I had initially thought to only watch the first hour and finish it the next morning, this h...

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Instead the main confrontation is a psychological battle between two opposing colonels; prison camp commandant, Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and commander of the captured British soldiers, Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness).
For one of the officers in the camp (played by Alec Guiness), building the bridge becomes a point of pride and leads to a tragic clash with an Allied plan to destroy the bridge.
Bridge on the River Kwai starts off in a Japanese POW camp , where we see a new group of British soldiers arrive , led by a resilient leader (Alec Guinness) - they are ordered to build a bridge over the nearby river.
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