The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

WWII drama from director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) – winner of seven Academy Awards in 1957 (including Best Film) and named the 11th Best British movie ever by the BFI in 1999.

Story follows a squad of Brit soldiers at a Japanese POW camp in the Burmese jungle. After clashing with the camp commander, a British colonel (Alec Guinness, in an Oscar winning performance) agrees to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors. Meanwhile, the Allies plan a mission to blow-up the bridge before it can be used.

Winner of seven Oscars including Best Film, Director and Actor (Guinness), Academy Awards 1958. Winner of Best Film (Drama), Director and Actor (Guinness), Golden Globes 1958
1957Rating: G161 minsUK, USA
AdventureDramaWar
Director:
David Lean ('Lawrence of Arabia', 'A Passage to India', 'Doctor Zhivago')
Writer:
Michael WilsonCarl Foreman
Cast:
William HoldenAlec GuinnessJack HawkinsSessue HayakawaJames DonaldGeoffrey Horne

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The Bridge on the River Kwai / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Most war movies are either for or against their wars. This is one of the few that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Possibly Lean's most complicated movie, Kwai is a towering work.

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