The Bridge on the River Kwai

TitleThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsLean, David
Running Time161 min
Date Released10/02/1957
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 epic war film directed by David Lean and based on the 1952 novel written by Pierre Boulle. Although the film uses the historical setting of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–1943, the plot and characters of Boulle's novel and the screenplay are almost entirely fictional. At a Japanese POW camp during World War II, a British officer oversees construction of a bridge for his captors. He attempts to instill morale, spirit, and dignity in his men. Meanwhile, the Allies have targeted the bridge for destruction. The Bridge on the River Kwai is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. It was the highest-grossing film of 1957 and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. The film won seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) at the 30th Academy Awards.

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