The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Drama, War


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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.

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Director:

David Lean

Writers:

Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Sir David Lean was initially opposed to the idea of Sir Alec Guinness playing Colonel Nicholson. He felt that Guinness lacked the "size" that the role required. However, Producer Sam Spiegel was keen on hiring Sir Alec. He invited Guinness to dinner, hoping to entice him to... ...


Quotes

Commander Shears: You mean, you intend to uphold the letter of the law, no matter what it costs?
Colonel Nicholson: Without law, Commander, there is no civilization.
Commander Shears: That's just my point; here, there is no civilization.
Colonel Nicholson: Then we have the opportunity to introduce it.


Goofs

It wouldn't have been necessary for Joyce, the Canadian, to go to the UK to enlist to fight against the Japanese, as he says when being interviewed to join the commando group going back to the Kwai. Canada joined the war only ten days after war was declared by the British, and Joyce could easily have enlisted at home in Montreal. However, Joyce may have wished to serve in an elite commando unit such as the SAS, which Canada lacked, or to serve in the Pacific, which, due to Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King's 'limited liability' policies, Canada's involvement in the Pacific was limited to the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941 and the Aluetian Islands in 1942.


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And introducing Geoffrey Horne


Alternate Versions

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.


Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by
Kenneth Alford
Arranged by Malcolm Arnold
Whistled by Alec Guinness with British Prisoners of War

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Genres

Adventure | Drama | War

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