The Bridge on the River Kwai

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During WW II, allied POWs in a Japanese internment camp are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge, but under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson they're persuaded the bridge should be built to help morale, spirit. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of Japanese Commandant Colonel Saito, but soon they realise it's a monument to Nicholson, himself, as well as a form of collaboration with the enemy.

Director: David Lean
Writer: Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Production: N/A
Year: 1957
MetaScore: 87/100
ImdbRating: 8.1
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 14 Dec 1957
Awards: Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 7 nominations.

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Colonel Nicholson - Alec Guinness
Major Warden - Jack Hawkins
Colonel Saito - Sessue Hayakawa
Major Clipton - James Donald
Lieutenant Joyce - Geoffrey Horne
Colonel Green - André Morell
Captain Reeves - Peter Williams
Major Hughes - John Boxer
Grogan - Percy Herbert
Nurse - Ann Sears
Captain Kanematsu (as Heihachirô 'Henry' Ôkawa) - Heihachirô Ôkawa
Lieutenant Miura (as Keiichiro Katsumoto) (as K. Katsumoto) - Keiichirô Katsumoto
Siamese Girl - Vilaiwan Seeboonreaung
Siamese Girl - Ngamta Suphaphongs
Siamese Girl - Javanart Punynchoti
Siamese Girl - Kannikar Dowklee
Tokyo Rose (voice) - Tsai Chin
British Officer - Christopher Greet
Bit part - Herbert Nelson