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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)  IMDB   
Genre Drama/War MPAA PG (Parental Guidance)
Director David Lean Rating
Writer Pierre Boulle Runtime 162 minutes
Producer Sam Spiegel Type Movie
Cinematographer Jack Hildyard Format DVD
Studio Columbia Pictures Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country UK UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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British WW2 prisoners of war are given the task, by their Japanese captors, of building a railway bridge in a harsh Asian jungle. Led by Col Nicholson, a stereotypical British officer, the prisoners score a moral victory over the Japanese by not only building the bridge, but running the whole show. Unknown to Nicholson, an allied demolition team are planning a spectacular opening for the bridge.

Summary written by: Rob Hartill
Actor / Character

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William Holden ..... Commander/Major Shears
Alec Guinness ..... Colonel Nicholson
Jack Hawkins ..... Major Warden, Demolition Expert Force 316
Sessue Hayakawa ..... Colonel Saito
James Donald (I) ..... Major Clipton, Medical Officer
Geoffrey Horne ..... Lieutenant Joyce
André Morell ..... Colonel Green, Commander Force 316
Peter Williams (II) ..... Captain Reeves
John Boxer (II) ..... Major Hughes
Percy Herbert ..... Grogan
Harold Goodwin (II) ..... Baker
Ann Sears ..... Nurse Dating Shears at Mount Lavinia Hospital, Ceylon
Heihachiro Okawa ..... Captain Kanematsu
Keiichiro Katsumoto ..... Lieutenant Miura
M.R.B. Chakrabandhu ..... Yai
Awards

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(1957) Academy - Best Actor (win) ..... Alec Guinness
(1957) Academy - Best Adapted Screenplay (win) ..... Pierre Boulle
(1957) Academy - Best Cinematography (win) ..... Jack Hildyard
(1957) Academy - Best Director (win) ..... David Lean
(1957) Academy - Best Editing (win) ..... Peter Taylor
(1957) Academy - Best Picture (win) .....
(1957) Academy - Best Score (win) ..... Malcolm Arnold
(1957) Academy - Best Supporting Actor (nom) ..... Sessue Hayakawa
(1957) British Academy Awards - Best British Actor (win) ..... Alec Guinness
(1957) British Academy Awards - Best Film - Both Any Source and British (win) ..... David Lean
(1957) British Academy Awards - Best Screenplay (win) ..... Pierre Boulle
(1957) Directors Guild of America - Best Director ..... David Lean
(1957) Golden Globe - Best Actor - Drama (win) ..... Alec Guinness
(1957) Golden Globe - Best Director (win) ..... David Lean
(1957) Golden Globe - Best Picture - Drama (win) .....
(1957) National Board of Review of Motion Pict - 10 Best Films .....
(1957) National Board of Review of Motion Pict - Best Actor (win) .....
(1957) National Board of Review of Motion Pict - Best Director (win) .....
(1957) National Board of Review of Motion Pict - Best Supporting Actor (win) .....
(1957) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Actor (win) ..... Alec Guinness
(1957) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Direction (win) ..... David Lean
(1957) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Film (win) ..... David Lean
(1997) Library of Congress - U.S. National Film Registry (win) .....
(1998) American Film Institute - 100 Greatest American Movies (win) .....
Review

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The Bridge on the River Kwai ranks as one of the greatest films of all time and arguably director David Lean's best film. At the heart of the film is the performance of Alec Guinness as the obsessively principled Colonel Nicholson. In a lesser film, his character might be simplified into a heroic martyr, but The Bridge on the River Kwai revels in its moral ambiguity: no significant character is either purely a hero or purely a villain. Filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), the film features brutal prisoner-of-war work camps that are nonetheless considerably nicer than their historical counterparts, a good decision since it frees the audience to focus on the battle of wills, at first between Nicholson and Saito (Sessue Hayakawa), later between Shears (William Holden) and Warden (Jack Hawkins). The film's closing line ("Madness... Madness") is among the best-known and most enigmatic closings in screen history. The film received seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Guinness). --- Richard Gilliam

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