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The Bridge on the River Kwai

(DVD - 1985 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bridge on the River Kwai


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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.
Title: The bridge on the River Kwai
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video,, 1985.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (165 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1957.
Widescreen.
Disc two contains a documentary, a featurette, trailers, etc.
Contents: Disc 1. The bridge of the River Kwai
Disc 2. Special features.
Summary: 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.
Audience: Rated PG.
Local Note: 15 35 65 79 97 112 118 216 231 263 274
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Michael - 1914-1978.
Foreman, Carl
Spiegel, Sam
Lean, David - 1908-1991.
Holden, William - 1918-1981
Guinness, Alec - 1914-2000.
Hawkins, Jack - 1910-1973.
Hayakawa, Sesshù„ - 1889-1973.
Donald, James - 1917-1993.
Sears, Ann - 1933-1992.
Horne, Geoffrey
Boulle, Pierre - 1912-1994.
Columbia Pictures Corporation
ISBN: 0767858735
9780767858731
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Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • john_pluto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece. Loved the whole thing. I was on the edge of my seat at the end, knowing what would happen, but wondering how it would. The plot is so great, with so many brilliant little twists, such as Shears true identity and the lowering of the tides. I also really enjoyed the fact that it's a film where the climax is inevitable, in a way that, had the characters been different, it would not have turned out the way it did, but the film is about the fact that it happened, because of who was involved. In that regard, it reminds me of Kubrick's Strangelove. This movie is a genuine epic film. Highly recommended.

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  • hania4987 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating movie! Adventure, war, suspense, imprisonment are some of the major themes. For me, the overwhelming theme was the abstract ideal of honor and survival and the exploration of each man's journey. David Lean and company embellished a French novelist's story of British troops imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII. Gripping from the very first notes of that whistling march ...

For me, when the water level drops is one of the most suspenseful sequences in all film(I won't spoil it). Regarding the previous comments re. the ending, I can see both sides--I obviously think the "beginning of the end" is among the greatest sequences ever filmed. I see the point about the "end end"--a bit abrupt and . . . (well, I won't spoil it). Ian Watt wrote a very interesting account of the historical basis for this movie, as he was actually there at the time as a prisoner of war. Of course, the film is quite different from the actual. There used to be an understood distinction between historical fact and art, although now there is no functional difference between fact and fiction. It's all manufactured: spin,spin, spin.DRAMA! Everyone wants cliff hanger drama with their politics. Please, no boring facts. Check out Wag the Dog with the great Dustin Hoffman

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  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At the very beginning, a Japanese captain speaks a series of undecipherable blah blah blah, which, to the Japanese ears, sounds awfully unintelligible, if not stupid. In the rest of the film, the Japanese officers and soldiers speak the proper Japanese. I wonder how come the director and producer put the non-Japanese actor in place of a Japanese-speaking captain. It really puzzles me. The Japanese-speaking audience will certainly consider the film to be somewhat foolish at the very beginning. Sessue Hayakawa plays as Colonel Saito. I've never seen him even in the old movies. I've found out that he was a Japanese and American Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Active at the beginning of the American film industry, Hayakawa was the first and remains one of the few Asian actors to find stardom in the United States and Europe. His brooding good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood before Rudolf Valentino. It is totally amazing, isn't it? Since his diction and way of speaking resembles Toshiro Mifune, I thought he must have been a famous actor, even though I've never seen him. After all, his acting didn't dissapoint me.

Report This Oct 08, 2011
  • rslade rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A definite classic. Pierre Boulle is underrated as a writer: this is the only one of his books that is well known. But they picked a good one, and did a decent job. Great exploration of a number of themes, some related to WWII, and some timeless. A number of good acting jobs, with Alec Guinness the definite standout.

Report This Jul 14, 2011
  • Koenigstiger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bridge on the River Kwai is simply a brilliant film- the writing, acting, cinematography- everything is first-rate. The ending is perfect- I have no idea what movie the other reviewer was watching. 5 stars.

Report This Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The Bridge on the River Kwai" is an adventure film in which the nature of World War II is explored. It has some wonderful acting, and is well directed. This is one of those must see at some point in your lifetime films. I highly recommend this one!

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  • madishoemake rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A crazily well written storyline! Amazing acting and plot but horrible ending.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Report This Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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  • rslade rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bridge on the River Kwai theme (Colonel Bogey March)

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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