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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG 161 min - Drama, History, War - 2 October 1957
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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.

Director:  David Lean
Stars:  William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Keiichirô Katsumoto, Vilaiwan Seeboonreaung

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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.



Tagline: Be Happy in Your Work...

Genres: Drama, History, War

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Country:   United Kingdom,   United States of America
Language:  Japanese, Thai, English
Release Date:  2 October 1957

Box Office

Budget:  $3,000,000
Revenue:  $33,300,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures (II)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 41 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR — Alec Guinness {“Colonel Nicholson”}  – WON
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Sessue Hayakawa {“Saito”}
CINEMATOGRAPHY — Jack Hildyard – WON
DIRECTING — David Lean – WON
FILM EDITING — Peter Taylor – WON
MUSIC (Scoring) — Malcolm Arnold – WON
BEST MOTION PICTURE — Sam Spiegel, Producer – WON
WRITING (Screenplay-based on material from another medium) – Michael Wilson, Carl Foreman, Pierre Boulle – WON


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