The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Time Out says

A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises: Guinness restores the morale of British PoWs by building a bridge which it transpires is of military value to the Japanese, and then attempts to thwart Hawkins and Holden's destruction of it - or does he? etc. The film's success also marked the end of Lean as a director and the beginnings of American-financed 'British' films.
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UK release:

1957

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160 mins

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Pen

Historical accuracy? My father was a Japanese prisoner of war working on the railway. He watched this film avidly every time it came on TV. He said that it conveyed well, "for a film", the actuality of being a prisoner. The brutality of course, but also the tension between the longing for the satisfaction of building the railway well and the imperative to do it badly. He liked the ending too...even if that didn't quite happen.

Duke

I'm not sure what the reviewer meant by "the end of David Lean" as a director, considering his next film was Lawrence of Arabia. (now, if you wanted to talk about Dr. Zhivago, you might have something...)

Duke

I'm not sure what the reviewer meant by "the end of David Lean" as a director, considering his next film was Lawrence of Arabia. (now, if you wanted to talk about Dr. Zhivago, you might have something...)

Robert Morris

Second only to "Saving Private Ryan" as the greatest war movie of all time. Who cares about its "historical accuracy?

Robert Morris

Second only to "Saving Private Ryan" as the greatest war movie of all time. Who cares about its "historical accuracy?

Sam B

Superb story of survival and perseverence in the face of deprivation and brutality, but it is all cinema and very little historical accuracy. The film sanitizes the true story to the point that it departs completely from actuality. Nevertheless, a fine story in its own right.