After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
This complex war epic asks hard questions, resists easy answers, and boasts career-defining work from star Alec Guinness and director David Lean.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Winner of Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Academy Award.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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