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Bridge On The River Kwai

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.38 /10
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
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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