Video Release: November 29, 2001
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video
- Dolby Surround AC-3
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 162 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
An outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1952 novel. A classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but the commander (Guinness) who supervised the bridge's construction has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Too late, he realizes the devastating consequences of his actions. Although credited to screenwriter Carl Foreman, the script was actually written by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson.
The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80713 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts. Available to buy in the UK (widescreen version). Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, stood in for Burma (now known as Myanmar). Color by Technicolor. Shot in VistaVision CinemaScope. Additional cast: Peter Williams (Captain Reeves); John Boxer (Major Hughes); Ann Sears (Nurse); Henry Okawa (Captain Kanematsu).