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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

Released: Dec. 14th, 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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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).
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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Alec Guinness character, Colonel Nicholson has a wacky obsession of building a bridge to perfection and on schedule too, JUST as the Japanese army wants him to do, and this is where the satire and irony come from.