The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

DVD - 2000
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British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000
ISBN: 9780767853545
Branch Call Number: DVD Bridge 2000
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (162 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG


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Feb 07, 2019

Watched many times prior but wanted to really watch for the cimetography, actors, story, scenes, thrill, suspense. Even though they play down the intelligence of the engineering techniques of the Japanese....history said the opposite of the movie.
Enjoyed it even more this time.

Four popcorn buckets...must view

Jul 23, 2017

Epic !!! classic !!! have watched it since i was about 6 or 7 years old . Still watch it now . One of the great films of all time. great for kids who are intelligent and mature . plus Alec Guinesss !!!!!

Jul 16, 2017

Classic I've watched umteen times & never tire of it.

Jul 15, 2017

Classic movie directed by David Lean that won 7 academy awards in 1957 (including Best Picture). Think I had to sit through this one several times as a child – really only remember the tune the soldiers whistle. British P.O.W.s are forced to build a bridge in enemy occupied Burma during WWII. Everyone seems a bit nuts in this film! The first hour has the British commander (Alec Guinness) arguing with the Japanese commander of the camp - British officers do not have do manual labor according to the Geneva Convention. The Japanese commander could care less and so it becomes a battle of wills until the Japanese commander realizes he cannot get the bridge completed by the deadline. The British officer is totally by the book, been in the army most of his life and for him there is a proper procedure and function for everything. Prisoners are usually expected to try to escape, but in this camp - the jungle / nature is better than barbed wire. The British officer tells his troops not to attempt escape, but there is an American officer who has other plans. The British eventually take command of the building operation and Alec Guinness is determined to build the best bridge ever, much to the concern of some of his officers, the American prisoner escapes (sort turns into James Bond) but much to his dismay British special forces recruit him to go back into the jungle, back to the P.O.W. camp, in order to destroy the bridge. Worlds, missions, objectives seem to collide . . . can the Bridge on the River Kwai be destroyed? Who or what else will it also destroy?

Jun 27, 2017

Suffice it to say, it's a masterpiece... and an epic one at that.

Jul 12, 2016

I'd heard about this movie for most of my life but had never watched it. I wasn't expecting the complexity and depth of its story. While it's a war story it is not a war movie. It's a movie about a man's strength eventually becoming his weakness. It's about the place of honor in times of imprisonment. And its ending is definitely left to make you think if anyone really wins in the game of war.

Sep 15, 2015

I don't really get this rating stuff:

Hogan's Hero's gets 5 stars while Bridge on the River Kwai gets 4 stars? Give me a break!

Marinetti Jul 12, 2015

This is a tragedy that Sophocles could have written. It is David Lean's best film: the directing, script, acting and music are all superb.

May 05, 2015

Not a bad movie, everything else being equal and it being a product of a time when feelings still ran high about WWII

Sep 20, 2014

"The Bridge on the River Kwai" was directed by David Lean. At the 1957 Academy Awards it had 9 Major Oscars to it's credit. Among them were Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Music. At the Golden Globes Awards it was picked Best Picture and Best Actor. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" is the sort of film that you need a book of research into how they filmed it on location. David Lean would go on to direct such masterpieces as "Lawrence of Arabia", and "Doctor Zhivago". In my book, this is one of the top 10 movies ever made. Certainly we can say it has been recognized both in Britain and the United States as Classic Film. If you have yet to see it, I strongly suggest you check it out.

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Mar 27, 2011

After settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.


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Mar 27, 2011

Colonel Saito: Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!


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