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The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British-American CinemaScope and Technicolor adventure epic war film directed by David Lean and based on the 1952 novel written by Pierre Boulle. The film uses the historical setting of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–1943. The cast includes

Plot

In early 1943, British POWs arrive by train at a Japanese prison camp in Burma. The commandant, Colonel Saito, informs them that all prisoners, regardless of rank, are to work on the construction of a railway bridge over the River Kwai that will help connect Bangkok and Rangoon. The senior British officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson, informs Saito that the Geneva Conventions exempts officers from manual labour. Nicholson later forbids any escape attempts because they had been ordered by headquarters to surrender, and escapes could be seen as defiance of orders.

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    award Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry
    contentLocation Thailand
    director David Lean
    editor Peter Taylor
    events Pacific War River Kwai bridge World War II
    genre adventure drama historical
    keywords abandon attempt to escape british army british commando british officer burma commando commando mission commission commissioned officer connect empire of japan escape attempt even expect geneva convention geneva conventions hard work khwae yai river kill land locked in man morning mortar navy lieutenant pow prison camp prisoner of war ritual suicide river river kwai russo-japanese war seppuku united states navy village chief wound
    musicBy Malcolm Arnold
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Sam Spiegel
    productionCompany Horizon Pictures
    publisher Columbia Pictures
    theme epic japanese transport war