The 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. David Lean


  2. Pierre Boulle


  3. Michael Wilson


  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

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The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai



Status Released

Release Information

  • December 14, 1957


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 41m

Budget $3,000,000.00

Revenue $44,908,000.00



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