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The Bridge on the River Kwai (DVD, 2008, 2-Disc Set, Collector's Edition; Restored Version)

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One of the all-time great war films, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is yet another classic from the marvelous David Lean (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, DR. ZHIVAGO). The film is an outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1952 novel, a classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson (a fabulous Alec Guinness), the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Although credited to screenwriter Carl Foreman, the script was actually written by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The film garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Guinness). The climax is one of the great finales in film history.

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  • Edition: 2-Disc Set Collector's Edition; Restored Version
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 043396256217

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Display Format:2-Disc Set Collector's Edition; Restored Version

eBay Product ID: EPID65862993

Editorial reviews

"...Lean handles the climax with precision and suspense..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (04/18/1999)

"...It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War..."
Total Film - John Walker (03/01/2001)

"The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction."
Sight and Sound - Trevor Johnston (07/01/2011)

"...Two compelling stories jelled into one sprawling action film..."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (12/01/2003)

5 stars out of 5 -- "Its combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing."
Total Film - Kate Stables (06/01/2011)

"...A masterpiece...purely enjoyable..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (11/17/2000)

"...A masterpiece....That rare film about something as seemingly black-and-white as World War II that is colored entirely in shades of gray, and the better for it..."
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Bernardin (11/24/2000)

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Created: 12/22/05

Excellent movie Alec Guinness - Japanese POW Camp

The Bridge on the River Kwai tells the story of English prisoners of war building a bridge for their Japanese captors.

Led by Alec Guinness as Colonel Nicholson, the POWs work on the railroad bridge to salvage their dignity and humanity.

An American prisoner escapes from the prisoner camp and returns home, only to be sent back to lead an elite commando team with one mission: to destroy the Bridge.

Nicholson has realized the great investment of time and care that he and his men have made for the bridge. He cannot allow the bridge to be destroyed!

This film is truly great. Often imitated, never improved upon. Movies like this, and Lawrence of Arabia are recquired viewing...especially to fully enjoy more recent productions, like Spaceballs, which parody/copy these classics.

Recognized with 7 Academy Awards:

1957 Academy Awards

Best Actor: Alec Guinness
Best Adapted Screenplay: Carl Foreman
Best Adapted Screenplay: Michael Wilson
Best Adapted Screenplay: Pierre Boulle
Best Cinematography: Jack Hildyard
Best Director: David Lean
Best Original Score: Malcolm Arnold
Best Picture

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Created: 03/09/07


The Bridge on the River Kwai is a top notch, five star movie with Acadamy Awards and leadership examples that are world class. The story rotates around a bridge to be built by Allied prisoners of war for a Japanese commander who runs the prison camp, for a railroad. There are production difficulties galore for the director of the camp, so that together with escapes and rescues, a demolition crew treking through to blow up the bridge, and workers and officers directing construction for the enemy, there is a huge plot, with great acting to rivet the most demanding viewer.

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Created: 08/15/09

The Bridge on the River Kwai

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One of my personal favorite films. A great cast with performers like Alec Guiness and William Holden playing stupendous roles. The first of many significant epic films of David Lean's. It won various Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor. Highly recommend it!!!!!

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Created: 04/05/09

The Bridge on the River Kwai: Superb!

I had heard about The Bridge on the River Kwai and what a fantastic film it is but never had a chance to see it until I bought it on eBay. WOW! Alec Guinness played the best role of his life in this film with sheer genius and perfect by-the-book British officer discipline. William Holden was dazzling and at the peak of his career. The sets, locations, cinematography, and screenplay were brilliant and the story itself was riveting, with surprising turns of events and the realization at the end of having made horrendous mistakes. I would recommend this movie, not just for war story fans, but for anyone who appreciates resplendent acting and compelling stories.

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Created: 10/06/09

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Classic war movie, deserving of the Oscars it received. While not as "realistic" as some of today's war films (for example, the soldiers don't look starving or even particularly grubby), it still packs a punch. To me the ending, which does not follow the book, is a bit contrived but it doesn't detract overall from the message. The special features on the disk are "OK" but don't worry if you get a copy without the second disk - you aren't missing anything vital.

If you are interested in these sorts of films, get a copy of "Three Came Home" which depicts a civilian Japanese prison camp. It is based on a true story as opposed to Bridge on the River Kwai.

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