BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE
"Madness...madness." Burma, 1943: ordered by Japanese prison camp commandant Sessue Hayakawa to construct a bridge, British POW Colonel Alec Guinness at first refuses but then acquiesces, reasoning that the undertaking will provide a morale boost for his men. But in his obsession with detail and pride in his work, Guinness loses sight of the fact that the bridge will serve a deadly purpose — the transport of Japanese munitions. It falls to American escapee William Holden and British Major Jack Hawkins to lead a mission back to the camp to destroy Guinness' folly. A powerful portrait of war and madness, and winner of seven Oscars® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Guinness. DIR David Lean; SCR Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, from the Pierre Boulle novel "Le pont de la rivière Kwaï"; PROD Sam Spiegel. UK/U.S., 1957, color, 161 min. NOT RATED
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