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2,703 Ratings

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean
United Kingdom, United States, 1957
Action, Drama, War

Synopsis

English PoWs in Burma are forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. The commander overseeing construction tries to thwart the allies plans to blow it up.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai Directed by David Lean

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1958 | 7 wins including: Best Picture

1958 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1957 | 4 wins including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1958 | 4 wins including: Best British Actor

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is the original Lean blockbuster; if not the quintessential Lean movie it certainly embodies the themes and structures that would preoccupy him for the rest of his career.
November 12, 2010
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This is a film about taking orders. If we isolate Nicholson, Saito and Shears as the three major characters, we notice that not a single one of them cares about the bridge for its own sake. It has a different value for each of them: a symbolic victory for Nicholson, a means of survival for Saito, an intrusive task for Shears.
September 24, 2010
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Rich in character and excitingly tense in building toward an emotionally devastating as well as physically destructive climax, Lean’s film feels fresh in its meticulous composition and thematic complexity. What’s most impressive is the way Bridge works on a grand scale and never for a second feels bloated, indulgent, showy, or melodramatic.
September 21, 2010
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