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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, California :, Columbia TriStar Home Video,, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©1957
ISBN: 9780767853545
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE BRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (162 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
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Aug 31, 2019

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?

Jul 22, 2019



A great war classic with phenomenal actors!



May 20, 2019

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.

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!

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Mar 27, 2011

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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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May 20, 2019

Violence: Including torture, beatings, murders.


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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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