The Bridge on the River Kwai

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A classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

  1. Michael Wilson


  2. David Lean


  3. Pierre Boulle


  4. Carl Foreman


Top Billed Cast

  1. William Holden

    William Holden

    Cmdr. Shears

  2. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness

    Col. Nicholson

  3. Jack Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins

    Maj. Warden

  4. Sessue Hayakawa

    Sessue Hayakawa

    Col. Saito

  5. James Donald

    James Donald

    Maj. Clipton

  6. Geoffrey Horne

    Geoffrey Horne

    Lt. Joyce

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 41m

Budget $3,000,000.00

Revenue $33,300,000.00

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Release Information

  • December 14, 1957
    PG, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Colonel Bogey's Barmy Army.

OK! Lets get it out there right away, for historical facts of the real Bridge on the River Kwai story, one should research elsewhere, this film is a fictionalised account of the said events. Sadly there are those out there who simply refuse to judge this purely as a piece of cinematic art - and cinematic art it is.

A squad of British soldiers are held in a Japanese POW camp in the Burmese jungle. The respective Japanese and British leaders clash but an understanding is finally reached to build a bridge across the River Kwai. The importance of which could prove... read the rest.

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