The Bridge on the River Kwai

Rated PG 161 minutes 1957

David Lean's antiheroic war epic (1957), about a band of British POWs forced to build a bridge in the wilds of Burma. For what it is, it ain't bad, though it serves mainly as an illustration of the ancient quandary of revisionist moviemakers: if all you do is systematically invert cliches, you simply end up creating new ones. The cast, effectively, is drawn from warring schools of acting: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Sessue Hayakawa, and Jack Hawkins.

Film Credits

Director: David Lean

Producer: Sam Spiegel

Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Hawkins, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, Andre Morrell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears and Henry Okawa

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