The Bridge On the River Kwai

The Bridge On the River Kwai
The Bridge On the River Kwai
  • PG
  • 2h 41m
  • 1957
Certified Fresh95%
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When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure The Bridge On The River Kwai. Spectacularly produced, The Bridge On The River Kwai captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even it's theme song, an old WWII whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive hit. The Bridge On the River Kwai continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: This complex war epic asks hard questions, resists easy answers, and boasts career-defining work from star Alec Guinness and director David Lean.
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New York Daily News
Kate Cameron
Fresh

It is a stirring drama of World War II, in which Spiegel has had the excellent help of British dir...

June 25, 2017
The New Republic
Philip Roth
Fresh

Part of the success of The Bridge is that its courageous hero is shown from all angles, in all kin...

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that students assigned to read the Pierre Boulle novel in school might try to watch The Bridge on the River Kwai instead. (Come on, it's a short book, no cheating!) That aside, there's ample wartime violence in this movie, with characters stabbed or shot to death, and the body count of the main characters is tragically high in the end. The now-taboo, once-common term "Japs" is used to refer to Japanese. Unrated on its original release, the restored version carries a PG.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 18, 1957
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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