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A classic award winner. Loved it when I first saw it and love it now. Director is David Lean of Lawrence of Arabia fame. This movie moves just as slowly as that one, and is almost as long. Be warned.
The best part of it was the British commander losing his perspective on whose side he was on, and finally asking, "What have I done?" Also liked the American screaming 'Kill Him!" at the Canadian who was being overly polite when confronted with the insane British officer. After all, in war who cares who gets killed?
A WWII classic (made in 1957) that I'm glad I finally got the time to see. POWs are routinely tortured and overworked. The British commanding officer manages to manipulate the cruel but insecure Japanese camp commander into allowing the British prisoners to build a high-profile bridge. What he doesn't know is that another part of the British forces have been dispatched to hack their way through the jungles and blow up the bridge--whatever the price.
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
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 !!!!!
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?
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.
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!
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.
Not a bad movie, everything else being equal and it being a product of a time when feelings still ran high about WWII
"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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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!
A crazily well written storyline! Amazing acting and plot but horrible ending.