The Bridge on the River Kwai
Director David Lean's sweeping epic -- best known for a whistling work theme that became legendary -- is set in a World War II Japanese prison camp, where British prisoners are forced to build a railway bridge as a morale-building exercise.
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- David Lean
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1958 BAFTA®
- Best Film
- Best British Film
- Best Actor: Alec Guinness
- 1958 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- Top 100 Movies
- Top 100 Thrills
PGMild war violence
English, Spanish (Neutral), French, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Portuguese, ThaiClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; isolated music score; DVD ROM features: Trivia Sabotage: "Experience Building The Bridge", maps and military strategy, screensavers More special features on The Bridge On The River Kwai: Bonus Disc.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Korean, ThaiClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; Blu-ray exclusive features; making-of featurette; photo gallery; additional featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that students assigned to read the Pierre Boulle novel in school might try to watch this film 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.
- Sexual Content
- Some flirting with sarong-clad Siamese girls and western ladies in demure one-piece bathing suits. During a POW camp entertainment, men cross-dress as women (which was very routine in such circumstances).
- Soldiers are stabbed at close range (and shot to death, generally at long range), with explosions near the end and a high casualty list.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- There is nobility in most of the characters -- too much so, one can even argue, since it twists their loyalties and dedication, as Nicholson is so devoted to rigid ideals of military loyalty, discipline, and obedience he practically ends up working for his country's enemy. Another officer kills his own men rather than risk the likelihood of their being captured. The American soldier Shears, though a rogue and an impersonator, seems to be one protagonist who can see most clearly through the absurdity and the horror. It's mostly a male-oriented show, except for some Siamese girl freedom fighters on the margins. "Japs" is used to refer to Japanese, as it was in a derogatory way back then.
- None, though there is a book tie-in.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking, and soldierly smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it