Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed By: David Lean Starring: William Holden Alec Guinness

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on 6/8/2012

This is a very well done prisoner of war movie that still resonates today. I didn't find it to be dated one bit. Alec Guinness won an oscar for his role here, which was well deserved. The acting, cinematography and direction all make this movie stand out. Read More

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Product Overview

Allied commandos are dispatched deep inside the burmese jungle to blow up a stategic bridge built by british pows. Special features: subtitles in english, french, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, and thai: languages in english, french, spanish and portugues: theatrical trailers and much more.

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Studio Sony
SKU 40143962
UPC 043396052789
UPC 14 00043396052789
Format DVD
Release Date 5/21/2013
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Classic
Epic
Essential Cinema
Prison/Prisoners
Recommended
Theatrical Release
War
World War II
Editors Note
Note One of the all-time great war films, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is yet another classic from the marvelous David Lean (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, DR. ZHIVAGO). The film is an outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1952 novel, a classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson (a fabulous Alec Guinness), the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Although credited to screenwriter Carl Foreman, the script was actually written by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The film garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Guinness). The climax is one of the great finales in film history.
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times "...Lean handles the climax with precision and suspense..." 04/18/1999 p.5
USA Today "...[A] masterpiece...purely enjoyable..." 11/17/2000 p.13E
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] masterpiece....That rare film about something as seemingly black-and-white as World War II that is colored entirely in shades of gray, and the better for it..." 11/24/2000 p.51
Total Film "...It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War..." 03/01/2001 p.104,5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing." 06/01/2011
Premiere "...[T]wo compelling stories jelled into one sprawling action film..." 12/01/2003 p.9
Sight and Sound "The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction." 07/01/2011
Directors
David Lean
Actors
William Holden
Alec Guinness
Cast & Crew
Alec Guinness - Actor
Jack Hawkins - Actor
Sessue Hayakawa - Actor
William Holden - Actor
Pierre Boulle - Based On Novel By
David Lean - Director
Jack Hildyard - Director of Photography
Malcolm Arnold - Musical Score
Sam Spiegel - Producer
Carl Foreman - Screenplay
Michael Wilson - Screenplay
Andre Morell - Actor
Donald M. Ashton - Art Director
Geoffrey Horne - Actor
Jack Hildyard - Cinematographer
James Donald - Actor
Malcolm Arnold - Original Music By
Peter Williams - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1957
Catalog ID 05278
UPC 00043396052789
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 162 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Golden Globe (1958) Alec Guinness, Winner, Best Actor
Oscar (1958) David Lean, Winner, Best Director,Jack Hildyard, Winner, Best Cinematography,Sam Spiegel, Winner, Best Picture,Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Winner (1958) Golden Globe, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Alec Guinness, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Golden Globe, David Lean, Best Motion Picture Director,Oscar, Alec Guinness, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Jack Hildyard, Best Cinematography,Oscar, David Lean, Best Director,Oscar, Peter Taylor, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Malcolm Arnold, Best Music, Scoring,Oscar, Sam Spiegel, Best Picture,Oscar, Carl Foreman, et. al., Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Nominee (1958) Golden Globe, Sessue Hayakawa, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, Sessue Hayakawa, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...one of the few [war movies] that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals... By the end, we are less interested in who wins than in how individual characters will behave... The story in the jungle moves ahead neatly, economically, powerfully...
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Lean also didn't believe in pinching pennies. Despite having generous financial backers, many of Lean's films came in late and overbudget. Viewing pictures like The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, however, it's hard to find fault with the director's extravagant sensibilities...Debates could rage for hours about which title on his resume represents Lean in top form. The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia both won Lean Best Director and Best Picture Oscars, and the majority of critics would cite those as his best works. As good as both are, however (and they are very good) Bridge is a tighter movie, with a little more meat and less fat. Both get high marks when it comes to "spectacle." Both feature excellent acting, cinematography, and set design. There's not a lot to separate them, but I think The Bridge on the River Kwai is the better movie...For director Lean, this represented a cross-roads between the more intimate, character-driven dramas of his early career and the glorious spectacles that marked his latter years. The Bridge on the River Kwai contains elements of both - the characters are well-drawn and the finale is astonishing - and is all the stronger for it. In my opinion, it is one of the two best films to emerge from a very strong decade of cinema.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Although half of the movie features headliner William Holden as an escaped American POW who returns with a commando (Jack Hawkins) to sabotage the British colonel's morale-building project, Guinness' performance earned him an Oscar for Best Actor, and the film was awarded Best Picture. Since then, Bridge has aged well, acknowledged to be not just one of the great war films of all time, but a genuine film classic...Maybe it's because producer Spiegel (The African Queen, Lawrence of Arabia, Passage to India), was a stickler for authenticity who routinely shot on location. For this film, cast and crew spent 251 days in the humid jungles of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), working alongside local laborers to construct a historically accurate replica of a Japanese prison camp and a 90-foot-tall bridge that spanned three city blocks...Maybe it's because Spiegel and director David Lean collaborated with blacklisted screenwriters Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman to bring new dimensions to a novel penned by Pierre Boulle, who also wrote Planet of the Apes. Or maybe it's the anti-war theme, coupled with one of the most stirring marching songs ever produced for the cinema, that makes Bridge a classic. Or maybe it's the great performances.
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Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound
Product Attributes
Actor Guinness,Alec
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Psychological battle of wills combined with high-powered action sequences make this a blockbuster...
Channel 4 Film Guinness, Lean and British war cinema have never been better.
Dan Fienberg, Zap2It.com One of the best war movies, mixed with one of the best action movies, mixed with one of Alex Guinness' best performances...One of the greats.
Ian Nathan, Empire A towering work.
Mike Kaplan, Variety A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.
Scott Weinberg, DVD Talk Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.
Wesley Lovell, The Oscar Guy ...Guinness' outstanding performance is one of the many things that work in David Lean's intriguing epic.

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