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

One thousand pounds of dynamite was used to blow up the bridge, which was filmed on five cameras and cost two hundred fifty thousand dollars, for about thirty seconds of screentime.


Quotes

Colonel Saito: Attention, English prisoners! Notice I do not say "English soldiers". From the moment you surrendered, you ceased to be soldiers. You will finish the bridge by the twelfth day of May. You will work under the direction of a Japanese engineer, ...


Goofs

While the prisoners are all supposed to be sick and/or mistreated, in fact all look reasonably healthy and even tanned, and none in any kind of starved or emaciated state. In reality, as numerous photographs of actual prisoners of the Japanese show, all prisoners were uniformly emaciated, having lost an enormous amount of weight, starved, and with skeletal frames - conditions noticeably absent from any of the prisoners in the film. However, Saito was based on one of the more humane commandants who was acquitted of war crimes after war's end.


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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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