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The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

William Holden
Director: David Lean Cast: William Holden
William Holden
, Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
David Lean

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The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various "persuasive" devices at Saito's disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. The colonel will prove that, by building a better bridge than Saito's men could build, the British soldier is a superior being even when under the thumb of the enemy. As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese. Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson's bridge. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson's mania to complete his project has driven him mad. Filmed in Ceylon, Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker David Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness. It also won Best Screenplay for Pierre Boulle, the author of the novel on which the film was based, even though the actual writers were blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who were given their Oscars under the table. ~ Hal Erickson ~ Erin Demers

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
UPC: 0043396379695
Original Release: 1957
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:42:00
Sales rank: 4,023

Special Features

William Holden and Alec Guinness on The Steve Allen Show ; Archival audio of Willliams Holden narrating The Bride on the River Kwai premiere; Crossing the Bridge: Picture-in-graphics track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Shears
Alec Guinness Col. Nicholson
Jack Hawkins Maj. Warden
Sessue Hayakawa Col. Saito
Geoffrey Horne Lieutenant Joyce
James Donald Maj. Clipton
Andre Morell Col. Green
Peter Williams Capt. Reeves
John Boxer Maj. Hughes
Percy Herbert Pvt. Grogan
Harold Goodwin Pvt. Baker
Ann Sears Nurse
Henry Okawa Capt. Kanematsu

Technical Credits
David Lean Director
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Donald M. Ashton Art Director
Pierre Boulle Screenwriter
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Cecil F. Ford Production Manager
Carl Foreman Screenwriter
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Peter Newbrook Camera Operator
George Partleton Makeup
Sam Spiegel Producer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Peter Taylor Editor
Michael Wilson Screenwriter

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