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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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A tremendous film and an amazing accomplishment by Lean. With great direction, writing and acting I can certainly see why it rates as one of the all time great war films..
Aside of Nicholson, the film asks the same questions from these characters: Saito seems to be struggling with his job to lead this remote prison camp and achieve the tasks assigned to him, while Shears struggles with his overall duty as a soldier, having lied about his identity to everyone.
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.
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