The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • PG
  • 1957
  • 161 min
  • UK, USA
  • adventure, drama, war

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean

Screenwriters: Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson

Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

Sam Spiegel won 1958 Academy Awards Award for Best Picture

This complex war epic asks hard questions, resists easy answers, and boasts career-defining work from star Alec Guinness and director David Lean.


  • David Lean
    David Lean

    Sir David Lean CBE (25 March 1908 - 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor, best remembered for bringing Charles Dickens's novels to the screen with films such as Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), and for his...

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Producer: Sam Spiegel

Editor: Peter Taylor

Director Of Photography: Jack Hildyard

Original Music Composer: Malcolm Arnold


Source: based on the novel by Pierre Boulle

Tagline: It spans a whole new world of entertainment!

Genres: adventure, drama, war

Certificate: PG

Categories: world war two, prisoner of war, enemy brutality, railroad, behind enemy lines, burma, imperial japan, british soldier, geneva convention, japanese prison camp, japanese army, british army, forced labor, jungle, bridge, river, prisoners of war, thailand, officer


Year: 1957

Runtime: 161 min

Country: UK, USA

Language: English, Japanese, Thai

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1