1957   UK, USA The Bridge on the River Kwai
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Director:David Lean
Studio:Columbia Pictures Corporation
Writer:Michael Wilson, Carl Foreman, Pierre Boulle
IMDb Rating:8.4 (81,149 votes)
Awards:Won 7 Oscars, Another 24 wins & 5 nominations
Genre:Adventure, Drama, History, War
Duration:161 min
Languages:English, Japanese, Thai
David Lean  ...  (Director)
Michael Wilson, Carl Foreman, Pierre Boulle  ...  (Writer)
William Holden  ...  Shears
Alec Guinness  ...  Col. Nicholson
Jack Hawkins  ...  Maj. Warden
Sessue Hayakawa  ...  Col. Saito
James Donald  ...  Maj. Clipton
Geoffrey Horne  ...  Lt, Joyce
André Morell  ...  Col. Green
Peter Williams  ...  Capt. Reeves
John Boxer  ...  Maj. Hughes
Percy Herbert  ...  Grogan
Harold Goodwin  ...  Baker
Ann Sears  ...  Nurse
Heihachirô Ôkawa  ...  Capt. Kanematsu
Keiichirô Katsumoto  ...  Lt. Miura
M.R.B. Chakrabandhu  ...  Col. Broome Yai
Malcolm Arnold  ...  Composer
Jack Hildyard  ...  Cinematographer
Peter Taylor  ...  Editor
Summary: The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge.

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