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.
Sessue Hayakawa really did (accidentally) strike Sir Alec Guinness hard enough to draw blood in one scene. As evidenced in the movie, Guinness played the scene without flinching.
The fact is, what we're doing could be construed as - forgive me, sir - collaboration with the enemy. Perhaps even as treasonable activity.
Colonel Nicholson: Are you alright, Clipton? We're prisoners of war, we haven't the right to refuse work.
Major Clipton: I understand that, sir...
Col. Nicholson is taken into Col. Saito's office to be beaten after standing all day in the sun at approximately 11 minutes into the film. The enlisted men notice the Japanese soldiers are bringing clubs into the office to beat him. But the enlisted men had not returned from their first day's work at this point in the movie. Yet, they shout protests of "leave him alone!" gathered out side Saito's office.
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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