Actors: Alec Guinness William Holden
|Plot Summary of Bridge on the River Kwai|
|"Obi-Wan goes crazy building a bridge for the Japs in WW II. POW drama."
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|"David Lean's WWII classic about British POWs forced to construct a strategic bridge in Thailand. When British Colonel Nicholson (Guiness) and Japanese Colonel Saito (Hayakawa) square off over a Geneva Convention “rule” exempting officers from manual labor, the two confront each other (“Rules!? This is war, not a game of cricket".) After torturing Nicholson, Colonel Saito gives in, greatly losing face. He is further humiliated when he sees the British building a better bridge than his men could, probably on deadline, an accomplishment which could make his planned suicide unnecessary. But unbeknownst to either is a British plot to blow up the bridge. The drama becomes unbearable as three commandos methodically plant the explosives. When Colonel Nicholson detects the fuses, he demonstrates his version of intense pride which is not much different from Colonel Saito's. "
Angry Jim Magin, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Bridge on the River Kwai|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Time/Era of Movie:
- WW II
- senior military
- Southeast Asia
- moving train
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
- moderately messy visuals of dead
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
Is this movie based on a