PG | | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Carl Foreman wrote the screenplay with Humphrey Bogart in mind for the role of Shears, but Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn refused to allow Bogart out of another project. Cary Grant then was briefly considered to star as Shears, but his flop in a serious role in Crisis (1950) concerned the producer, Sam Spiegel. The ... ...
I can think of a lot of things to call Saito, but "reasonable"... that's a new one.
In the opening scene, the railway is 5'6" (1.676 m) broad gauge, as used in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the filming location; but when we see tracks on the finished bridge, they're much narrower, about 2' (60 cm). The actual line would have been 1 metre gauge, as it connected existing Thai and Burmese metre-gauge routes.
And introducing Geoffrey Horne
English, Japanese, Thai
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