PG | | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. 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.
After filming a scene with Sir Alec Guinness, Sir David Lean said, "Now you can all fu-ck off and go home, you English actors. Thank God that I'm starting work tomorrow with an American actor (William Holden)."
I hate the British! You are defeated but you have no shame. You are stubborn but you have no pride. You endure but you have no courage. I hate the British!
After the three prisoners try to escape, the next day Major Clipton is talking to Saito in his hut about the men sabotaging the bridge. Saito says " I could have them all shot" to which Clipton replies "Then who would build your bridge?" Immediately after that if you look out the window, you can see a crew member running by in a white shirt and grey pants.
And introducing Geoffrey Horne
Various versions have different main credits. There is the original that gives screenplay credit to Pierre Boulle, there is the restored version in which previously blacklisted Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson are credited and there is the original version that was distributed to cinemas at the time still lacking in CinemaScope equipment in which the Cinema Scope credit is omitted and the credits formatted to fit the smaller frame.
English, Japanese, Thai
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