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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)


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.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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Released Year: 1957
Runtime: 161 minutes
Genre: Drama, History, War
Directors: David Lean

Storyline


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.

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Reviews


100
Chicago Sun-Times - Richard Roeper
The story in the jungle moves ahead neatly, economically, powerfully.
100
Empire - Ian Nathan
Possibly Lean's most complicated movie, Kwai is a towering work.
100
Variety - Unnamed
A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments. Its potency stems only partly from the boxoffice draw of William Holden and, to a lesser degree, Alec Guinness. What elevates “Kwai” to the rank of an artistic and financial triumph for producer Sam Spiegel is the engrossing entertainment it purveys, including some scenes which will be listed as among the best of film memorabilia.
100
The New York Times - Bosley Crowther
Brilliant is the word, and no other, to describe the quality of skills that have gone into the making of this picture, from the writing of the script out of a novel by the Frenchman Pierre Boulle, to direction, performance, photographing, editing and application of a musical score.
100
Slant Magazine - Unnamed
Whereas Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago feel more pictorial than cinematic, The Bridge on the River Kwai carefully builds its psychological tension until it erupts in a blinding flash of sulfur and flame.

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