Rent The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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2h 35min
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Synopsis:
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'. Spectacularly 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 the 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Sam Spiegel
Voiced By:
Tsai Chin
Writers:
Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson
Others:
Michael Wilson, Sam Spiegel, Peter Taylor, Jack Hildyard, Malcolm Arnold
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1958 BAFTA Best Actor

1958 BAFTA Best Screen Play

1958 BAFTA Best Film

1958 BAFTA Best British Film

1958 Oscar Best Cinematography

1958 Oscar Best Director

1958 Oscar Best Editing

1958 Oscar Best Actor

1958 Oscar Best Music Original Score

1958 Oscar Best Picture

1958 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
04/12/2000
Run Time:
155 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'The Making of the Bridge On The River
  • Featurettes: 'An Appreciation' by John Milius; 'Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant' USC short film introduced by William Holden
  • Filmographies
  • Gallery
  • Screensavers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Web link
  • Trivia Sabotage 'Building the Bridge'
  • Maps & Military Strategy
  • Isolated Score
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
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
- Filmographies
- Gallery
- Screensavers
- Theatrical Trailer
- Web link
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/06/2011
Run Time:
162 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • William Holden and Alec Guinness on The Steve Allen show
  • Newly discovered audio of William Holden narrating The bridge on the river Kwai premiere
  • Crossing the bridge: Picture-in-graphics track
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/12/2017
Run Time:
161 minutes
Languages:
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1, English, English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, Polish Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Mandarin, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.55:1
Colour:
Colour
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Reviews (2) of The Bridge on the River Kwai

A bottle of Guinness to stiffen the sinews - The Bridge on the River Kwai review by JD

Spoiler Alert
29/04/2010

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.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

An excellent film which, sadly, is a complete travesty of the historical truth - The Bridge on the River Kwai review by Philip in Paradiso

Spoiler Alert
23/02/2021

This is a classic and an excellent film: as war movies go, it is superb and I did enjoy watching it (all 2 1/2 hours of it). The style, atmosphere, acting, plot, etc. -- none of that, in my view, feels stale, and that is saying something, as the film was made in the mid-1950s. So, I recommend it if you have not seen it.

I had seen bits and pieces of it, but never the whole movie. I expected it to depict the atrocities committed by the Japanese at the expense of British and other POWs, and the stiff upper lip to prevail in the end. In fact, the inhumane treatment of the prisoners is shown, but rather downplayed. I do not think it gives a realistic idea of the conditions in the camps along the railway line. But the film is not really about that. Without spoiling the story for those who don't know it, it is about a personal tussle between 2 men, as stubborn one as the other: a British officer (Alec Guinness) and the Japanese officer in charge of the camp (Sessue Hayakawa).

The problem is that, good as it is, the film is based on the novel by a Frenchman, Pierre Boulle, and the novel's storyline has little to do with the actual events. Alec Guinness's colonel is modelled on Brigadier Sir Philip John Denton Toosey (1904 – 1975), who was, by any yardstick, an utterly remarkable man and a soldier of impeccable standing. All of this is explained on Wikipedia (to be read after you have watched the film).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Toosey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bridge_on_the_River_Kwai

Understandably, when the film came out, the British veterans, who had suffered so much because of the cruelty of the Japanese, and may have served under Brig D Toosey, were outraged. So, enjoy the film, but remember that the actual historical facts have nothing to do with it. It would be great if there was, one day, a movie telling what Brig D Toosey actually did and who he was. (The truth has been put forward in various TV documentaries and books since written about the construction of the railway line, etc.)

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