The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai, an all time great colossal movie directed by David Lean (of the large scale epic movies fame) and starring Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, William Holden among others. Based in 1943 in Burma, when British prisoners of war arrive at a Japanese camp, where they are forced to do labour work for construction of a railway line across the river Kwai connecting Bangkok to Rangoon. The British commander Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) refuses to allow his officers to do manual labour under the Geneva convention, while the Japanese commandant of the POW camp, Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) wants all men to work in order to meet his deadline. Both the colonels dig their heels refusing to see reason, until the Japanese caves in considering his deadline and the slow progress of work. Nicholson then speeds up the work in a professional manner befitting the British integrity while one American in the camp escapes and makes his way to Colombo where an elite commando unit has been established to blow up the very bridge that Nicholson is now making. Lot of stealth and dagger work follows the long treacherous walk upto the bridge by the American Major Shears (William Holden) alongwith Major Warden (Jack Hawkins) – who gets injured along the way and Lt. Joyce (Geoffrey Home). Spectacular cinematography work, with some breathtaking shots, fine direction by David Lean, nice neat story, and superb acting by Alec Guinness make this for an all time great movie to watch by cinema connoisseurs. The film won a clutch of awards at the Oscars.

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