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.
Cast and crew
Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, Pierre Boulle
William Holden Andre Morell Sessue Hayakawa James Donald Jack Hawkins Alec Guinness