This movie came out in 1957 and stars none other than Obi Wan Kenobi. (Alec Guinness, who by the way would have stopped reading right there, but you won’t because you know Star Wars is awesome). Anyway this is widely regarded as one of the best, if not THE best, films ever made. Let that sink in, Best….Ever…EVER. Yeah you should watch this and I’ll explain why in more detail…..NOW.
It’s world war II, British prisoners are sent to a Japanese prison camp in western Thailand. They are made to do manual labor and this is where the first conflict arises. Their leader, played by Guinness, informs their captors that according to the Geneva Conventions that all officers are exempt from manual labors. Saito, The colonel of the Japenese camp (Sessue Hayakawa) slaps him with the copy of the conventions. He then throws him into “the oven”, an iron box in the heat without food or water.
The entire film is an examination of the human condition, spirit, and performance under stress and pressure. How doggedly someone can pursue something under these terrible conditions that they may even forget who they really are.
Another side to this film is that one prisoner escapes this is Commander Shears(William Holden) of the United States Navy. His story is extremely interesting to say the least, and he eventually gets sent back in order to find and destroy the bridge that is being built.
Everything combines in a beautiful display at the end that leaves you satisfied but wanting to watch the movie all over again. Great writing, acting, directing, and the location looked amazing.
It won SEVEN Oscars read em and weep full house! Flush? (idk don’t play poker ha!)
Best picture, Best director, Best Actor, Best writing(screenplay based on material from another medium, Best Music, Best film editing, Best cinematography.
It won 3 BAFTA awards, Best british film, Best film from any source, Best British Actor.
It won 3 Golden Globe Award, Best motion picture, Best director, Best actor
It has also been selected for preservation in the U.S.A National film registry. An honor I actually hold higher than the Oscars (a topic for another blog).
SO the bottom line is, IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT grab it on blu-ray or DVD today, get some popcorn and watch it several times to make up for not seeing a movie that’s probably older than you!
Here’s the full list of stars and directors etc.
Directed by David Lean
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Screenplay by Carl Foreman
Based on The Bridge over the River Kwai
by Pierre Boulle
Starring William Holden
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Editing by Peter Taylor
Studio Horizon Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
2 October 1957
Running time 161 minutes
Budget $3 million (estimated)
Box office $33.3 million (in U.S.)
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