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Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 film review

Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 film review

Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, United Kingdom)

Running time
161 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★★★ 10 / 10

World War II, the Far East. The British prisoners arrive to Japanese camp under the ruthless command of Colonel Saito. The British officer, Colonel Nicholson, refuses to accept the terms of Saito and demands Geneva conventions to be respected. Saito wants to force the British to be part of the rapid construction of the bridge, which is necessary for the railway to Burma, which is vital for Japanese war effort. The psychological game between the Englishman and the Japanese begins, but Nicholson do not plan to break even though he is locked in a tin cage exposed to the sun. Finally Nicholson has to chance to speak with the man in charge and he explains that the whole construction of the bridge is wrong, it should be moved to further down the river. He agrees to undertake the construction of the bridge, but only if Saito agrees that British officers will prepare the plan and will supervise the project. As a result the construction of the bridge becomes Nicholson’s honorary duty, but in reality it is cooperating with the enemy.

The film was based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, who himself was a prisoner of war in Malaysia, forced into slave labor. "Death Railway" was actually built in the jungle, on marshy ground in terrible conditions, to connect Bangkok in Thailand and Rangoon in Burma. This story created a very good movie, with very dynamic plot. The matter of conduct and code of ethics is a fascinating element in this movie. The film won seven Oscars, including best music, with the famous "Colonel Bogey". As for me, one of the best war movies.

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Creators of Bridge on the River Kwai

David Lean films

David Lean


Pierre Boulle films

Pierre Boulle


Carl Foreman films

Carl Foreman


Michael Wilson films

Michael Wilson


Cast of Bridge on the River Kwai

Alec Guinness films

Alec Guinness

as Lieutenant colonel Nicholson

William Holden films

William Holden

as Naval captain USA Shears

Jack Hawkins films

Jack Hawkins

as Major Warden

Sessue Hayakawa films

Sessue Hayakawa

as Colonel Saito

James Donald films

James Donald

as Major Clipton

Andre Morell films

Andre Morell

as Colonel Green

Peter Williams films

Peter Williams

as Captain Reeves

John Boxer films

John Boxer

as Major Hughes

Percy Herbert films

Percy Herbert

as Private Grogan

Harold Goodwin films

Harold Goodwin

as Private Baker

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