The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) (Tv Show)

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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.

Storyline

The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge.

Cast

William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Keiichirô Katsumoto, M.R.B. Chakrabandhu

Details

Director: David Lean
Writers: Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
Genres: Adventure, Drama, War
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Country: UK, USA
Language: English, Japanese, Thai
Release Date: 14 December 1957 (USA)
Also Known As: El puente sobre el río Kwai
Runtime: 161 min
Sound Mix: 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (RCA Sound Recording), Mono (35 mm prints) (RCA Sound Recording)| 4-Track Stereo (Linear PCM)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1


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