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The Bridge on the River Kwai (18-Dec-1957)

Director: David Lean

Writers: Michael Wilson; Carl Foreman

From novel: Le pont de la rivière Kwaï by Pierre Boulle

Music by: Malcolm Arnold

Producer: Sam Spiegel

Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWII, Explosions

British prisoners-of-war in Burma are forced to construct a railroad bridge spanning the River Kwai; meanwhile an escapee from the camp joins a commando team whose mission is the destruction of the same bridge. Based on true events, though rather fictionalized. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adaptation, Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Editing; received an additional nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Entered 1997 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Donald
Actor
18-May-1917 3-Aug-1993 Third Man on the Mountain
Alec Guinness
Actor
2-Apr-1914 5-Aug-2000 Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
Jack Hawkins
Actor
14-Sep-1910 18-Jul-1973 Land of the Pharaohs
Sessue Hayakawa
Actor
10-Jun-1889 23-Nov-1973 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Percy Herbert
Actor
31-Jul-1920 6-Dec-1992 The Bridge on the River Kwai
William Holden
Actor
17-Apr-1918 16-Nov-1981 Stalag 17

CAST

William Holden   ...   Shears
Jack Hawkins   ...   Maj. Warden
Alec Guinness   ...   Col. Nicholson
with
Sessue Hayakawa   ...   Col. Saito
James Donald   ...   Maj. Clipton
Andre Morell   ...   Col. Green
Peter Williams   ...   Capt. Reeves
John Boxer   ...   Maj. Hughes
Percy Herbert   ...   Grogan
Harold Goodwin   ...   Baker
Ann Sears   ...   Nurse
Henry Okawa   ...   Capt. Kanematsu
Keiichiro Katsumoto   ...   Lt. Miura
M. R. B. Chakrabandhu   ...   Yai
Vilaiwan Seeboonreaung   ...   Siamese Girl
Ngamta Suphaphongs   ...   Siamese Girl
Javanart Punynchoti   ...   Siamese Girl
Kannikar Dowklee   ...   Siamese Girl
and introducing
Geoffrey Horne   ...   Lt. Joyce

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