The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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Directed by: David Lean
Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
The Bridge On The River Kwai ranked # 13 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) was an Anglo-American war film based on the book. It was filmed mostly in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) near Kitulgala (close to a rest-house there today) with a few scenes shot in England.
The story is based on the building in 1943 of one of the railway bridges over the Kwai Yai at a place called Tamarkan five kilometres from the Thai town of Kanchanaburi. This was part of a project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) to support the Japanese occupation of Burma.
The destruction of the bridge in the film was accomplished by blowing up a full-sized bridge as a real train drove over it. This may have been
the first time such a scene had been attempted without model shots since the silent film era.
One memorable feature of the movie is the tune that is whistled by the POW's - the "Colonel Bogey March" - and is now widely associated with the movie, and even sometimes referred to as the "River Kwai March."
Award Nominations included Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sessue Hayakawa) and Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Sessue Hayakawa).
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