British PoWs are forced to build a bridge for the Burma-Siam railway, a crucial route for Japanese munitions. Their first instinct is to sabotage the bridge, but are convinced by Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) that the completion of the bridge will stand as a symbol of British morale and spirit. Nicholson is an honorable, but deluded man, who clings to the bridge as a monument of British dignity, even as he is tortured to protect his men. The bridge becomes his obsession as he loses sight of its purpose in the war.
All the while, they are unaware that the Allied forces have sent a mission into the jungle to destroy the bridge.
The Bridge On The River Kwai was a critical success, and heralded a wave of awards. Guinness named the film the ‘finest work I’d ever done.”
- Date: Sun, 7th Jul 2013
- Year: 1957
- Director: David Lean
- Running time: 161