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      The Bridge on the River Kwai

      PG Released Dec 18, 1957 2 hr. 41 min. War Drama TRAILER for The Bridge on the River Kwai: Trailer 1 List
      96% 105 Reviews Tomatometer 93% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score Adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American officers plot to blow up the structure, but the commander of the bridge's construction has different plans. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 20 Buy Now

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      This complex war epic asks hard questions, resists easy answers, and boasts career-defining work from star Alec Guinness and director David Lean.

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      Aender S An absolute classic this one with an outstanding Alec Guinness. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/11/24 Full Review David W Hayakawa, Holden and Hawkins are all superb but it's the towering performance of Guinness which elevates this movie to classic status and guarantees its place in movie immortality. Once watched it's a film you will never forget. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/11/24 Full Review Ciaran T An absolute classic Great cast full of stiff upper lip British Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/30/23 Full Review Doug B I have watched this movie several times over the years since its release. The more I watch it, the more I dislike it. I find some parts of it to be fanciful and lacking in reality. I get bored watching it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/04/23 Full Review james o I recently watched it again. Although it is fictional and I knew the ending, it was still interesting and dramatic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/20/23 Full Review Ron P Extremely well done, especially given this 1957 movie didn't have the benefits (?) of modern CGI and special effects. Great characters and great performances. A war picture without war, instead focusing on the men's motivations and morality. I hope they got the train in one take. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker The film is rather misshapen, particularly in the sections featuring William Holden, and the action that detonates the explosive finish isn't quite clear. However, Alec Guinness is compelling as the English Colonel Nicholson. Jul 28, 2022 Full Review Richard L. Coe Washington Post This gripping tale will keep you tied to your seat thanks to the brilliant effectiveness with which Director David Lean has tied together script, casting and technical demands. Jul 25, 2022 Full Review Helen Bower Detroit Free Press The madness of war has never been shown more graphically than in this Pierre Boulle screenplay from his own novel, set and filmed on location in Ceylon. Nov 17, 2021 Full Review André Bazin Cahiers du Cinéma There are very few examples each year of cinematic enterprises that are carried out with such intelligence and above all with such care. But the quality of this film must ultimately be put in its artistic place, and that place is not the highest. Jun 15, 2023 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily One of the great, action-packed epics of the late 50s, The Bridge on the River Kwai is an exceptional case study about the hysteria of war and the pride that comes before the fall. Jun 8, 2023 Full Review Amy Thomasson InSession Film One of the greatest and most satisfying endings in all film history... Apr 25, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American officers plot to blow up the structure, but the commander of the bridge's construction has different plans.
      Director
      David Lean
      Screenwriter
      Pierre Boulle, Michael Wilson, Carl Foreman
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Horizon Films, Columbia Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      War, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 18, 1957, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 3, 2013
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Mono, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track, Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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