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.
William Holden, then a major star, was brought into the project to provide "box-office appeal" after Cary Grant turned down the role. He received $300,000 up front, and was guaranteed a 10% share of the profits, to be paid at the rate of $50,000 a year. This is one reason ... ...
Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!
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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