The Bridge on the River Kwai

TitleThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsLean, David
Running Time161 min
Date Released12/1957
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

At a Japanese prisoner of war 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.


William Holden

Alec Guinness

Jack Hawkins

Sessue Hayakawa


Columbia Pictures presents a Sam Spiegel production

produced by Sam Spiegel

directed by David Lean

screenplay by Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman

music by Malcolm Arnold

cinematography by Jack Hildyard

edited by Peter Taylor


War, Drama

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Screenwriters Carl Foreman and Michael William were both on Hollywood's "blacklist" during the Cold War. Chosen by the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for preservation in 1997 because of it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 

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