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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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William Holden William Holden
Cmdr. Shears
Alec Guinness Alec Guinness
Colonel Nicholson
Jack Hawkins Jack Hawkins
Major Warden
Sessue Hayakawa Sessue Hayakawa
Colonel Saito
James Donald James Donald
Major Clipton / Doctor
Geoffrey Horne Geoffrey Horne
Lieutenant Joyce
André Morell André Morell
Colonel Green
Peter Williams Peter Williams
Captain Reeves


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Carl Foreman Carl Foreman
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You have turned defeat into victory.

8 years, 3 months ago at Apr 23 18:49
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''It is quite understandable; it's a very natural reaction. But one day - in a week, a month, a year - on that day when, God willing, we all return to our homes again, you're going to feel very proud of what you have achieved here in the face of great adversity. What you have done should be, and I think will be, an example to all our countrymen, soldier and civilian alike. You have survived with h... read more

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10 years, 8 months ago at Dec 15 19:48
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WW II. British prisoners of war are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway.

I had never seen this classic in its entirety until recently.
While the story certainly had more impact upon its release, the movie still is worth watching for the actors, the director’s work, the script and the photography.

This is a beautiful classic, which ... read more

Overrated but classic

10 years, 3 months ago at Apr 22 12:43
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"Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!"

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a film that has been widely acclaimed and immensely praised in the decades following its release. I don't think there is anyone on this planet who isn't familiar with the famous theme tune which is played instrumentally, and whistled by the cast in a few scenes.

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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 (Alec Guinness), they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances.
Release date: 14 December 1957
UPC: 043396057470
Tags: War (26), Drama (19), 1957 (14), WWII (13), 1950s (10), Prison (10), British (10), Bridge (9), Action (9), Adventure (9), Torture (8), Military (8), Jungle (8), Pride (7), World War II (7), Classic (7), Burma (7), Japanese (6), Prisoner Of War (5), Asia (5)
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