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Thumbnail for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Basics Critics:83Viewers:77Rusty:81
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, WarNotable as: Drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: War film, Adventure Film, Historical fiction, DramaMain subject: World War II, Pacific WarRuntime: 155 - 167 minutesLanguage: English, Thai, JapaneseCountry: United Kingdom, United StatesDirector: David LeanScreenwriter: Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, Calder Willingham, Pierre BoulleBased on: The Bridge over the River KwaiMusic: Malcolm ArnoldCinematography: Jack HildyardStars: Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Geoffrey Horne, James Donald, Percy Herbert, André Morell, Harold Goodwin, John Boxer Producer: Sam SpiegelStudio: Horizon PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Alec Guinness)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Jack Hildyard)
Academy Award for Best Director (David Lean)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Academy Award for Best Picture (Sam Spiegel)
Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment (Malcolm Arnold)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sessue Hayakawa)Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 Second World War film directed by David Lean, based on the eponymous French novel by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 for its historical setting. It stars William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness and Sessue Hayakawa. The movie was filmed in Ceylon. The bridge in the film was located near Kitulgala. The film was widely praised, winning seven Academy Awards at the 30th Academy Awards; in 1997 this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.

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