Bridge Over River Kwai - WWII Thai Burma POW War Movie

Bridge Over River Kwai - WWII Thai Burma POW War Movie

Bridge Over River Kwai - Columbia Pictures DVD

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The film depicts Allied POWs during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Thai railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive.

He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge.

When released in 1957 the war movie was extremely popular winning 7 academy awards including Best Picture.

  • DVD Duration Time minutes: 156 minutes, Colour, Aspect 16:9
  • DVD Information: Australian Region 4
  • Movie Format: DVD

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