When British P.O.W.s build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure The Bridge on the River Kwai. Spectacylarly produced, The Bridge on the River Kwai captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even it's theme song, an old WWI whistling tune, the 'Colonel Bogey March', became a massive worldwide hit. The Bridge on the River Kwai continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.
A bottle of Guinness to stiffen the sinews
- The Bridge on the River Kwai review by JD
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You rated this film: 4
This is an absolute classic cracker. It is typical 1957 stuff. A bit "stiff upper lip chaps" and slightly swaggering acting but I defy anyone not to feel the need to whistle colonel bogey and feel a warm glow of unfounded optimism. The whole feel is different to modern cinema, I felt much more character to this film and a less calculated progression of the plot. You might need a cold one standing by; the tropical heat is tangible.
Featurettes: 'An Appreciation' by John Milius; 'Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant' USC short film introduced by William Holden
Trivia Sabotage 'Building the Bridge'
Maps & Military Strategy
This disc includes the main feature
This disc includes the following special features:
- 'The Making of the Bridge On The River' Documentary
- Featurettes: 'An Appreciation' by John Milius; 'Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant' USC short film introduced by William Holden
- Theatrical Trailer
- Web link
Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children