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Bridge On The River Kwai


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  Bridge On The River Kwai Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
9.38 /10
 
Starring
Alec Guinness , William Holden, Jack Hawkins
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Directed by: David Lean
Written by: Pierre Boulle , from his novel (actually the script was co-written by blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson)

 
 
 
Released: 1957
   
Genre: DRAMA
WAR
WORLD WAR II
   
Origin: GB
   
Length: 161
 
 


 

British prisoners of war in Burma are put to work building a bridge, while other British soldiers plot to blow it up.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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David Lean's visually stunning direction and a tremendous performance by Alec Guinness make this one of the most memorable and stirring of all anti-war films. But later critics have been right to point out that the balance between the two plot-lines is all wrong: Lean allows Guinness (pictured) to take over the show from co-star William Holden - or maybe Holden wasn't strong enough to carry the part. Jack Hildyard's cinematography and Malcolm Arnold's score rightly won Oscars. It won a BAFTA Award as Best British Film.

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