The Bridge on the River Kwai
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)
Released: 14 Dec 1957
Awards: Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 7 nominations.
Movie Video Clips
That's an order
I've been thinking
Do you know what will happen to me if...
I hate the British
You give me powders
I can think of a lot of things to call...
Do not speak to me of rules
The fact is
All work and no play make Jack a dull...
It is quite understandable
It's most annoying
We'll show them what the British soldier...
I belong to a rather rum group called...
Jennings has a plan
Are they both mad
One day the war will be over
A word to you about escape
You intend to uphold the letter of the...
You can't stand much more of this
By the way
But there's the challenge
You're terribly sorry
I thought you were the enemy
I am Colonel Saito
If this were your bridge
What makes you so sure you'll get a...
I tell you
As I've told you before
He's going to do it
Shears - William Holden
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
Baker - Harold Goodwin
Nurse - Ann Sears
Captain Kanematsu (as Heihachirô 'Henry' Ôkawa) - Heihachirô Ôkawa
Lieutenant Miura (as Keiichiro Katsumoto) (as K. Katsumoto) - Keiichirô Katsumoto
Yai - M.R.B. Chakrabandhu
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