PG certificateThe Bridge on the River Kwai is a Film programme that first aired in 1957 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 5 star programme

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Directed by
David Lean

One of the stand-out films in David Lean's glittering canon, The Bridge on the River Kwai gave Alec Guinness an Oscar for Best Actor. Not surprising really, as Guinness turns in a stand-out, tour-de-force performance as stiff upper-lipped Colonel Nicholson, who complies with the Japanese in the Second World War to build a jungle railroad bridge, using his own troops as forced labour.

Nicholson - who may or may not be going completely off his chump in the heat of the jungle - views the back-breaking project as a useful exercise in keeping up his troops' morale, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the bridge is vital to the Japanese war effort. Unknown to Nicholson, escaped American Shears (William Holden) returns to blow up the bridge.

While the last few scenes lack focus, and the climax is a little confusing, the film, released in 1957, stands proud as a true classic.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 180 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1957

5/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour


William Holden...Shears
Image for Jack HawkinsJack Hawkins...Maj. Warden
Image for Alec GuinnessAlec Guinness...Col. Nicholson
Sessue Hayakawa...Col. Saito
James Donald...Maj. Clipton
Geoffrey Horne...Lt. Joyce
André Morell...Col. Green
Image for Peter WilliamsPeter Williams...Capt. Reeves
John Boxer...Maj. Hughes
Percy Herbert...Pvt. Grogan
Harold Goodwin...Pvt. Baker Sick List Volunteer
Ann Sears...Nurse at Ceylon hospital
Heihachiro Okawa...Capt. Kanematsu
Keiichiro Katsumoto...Lt. Miura
M.R.B. Chakrabandhu...Yai
Vilaiwan Seeboonreaung...Siamese girl
Ngamta Suphaphongs...Siamese girl
Javanart Punynchoti...Siamese girl
Kannikar Dowklee...Siamese girl