The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean
Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden

Columbia TriStar Home Video | November 29, 2001 | DVD

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This magnificent depiction of the madness of war stars Sir Alec Guinness in a brilliant, Oscar-winning performance. The Bridge on the River Kwai begins with British prisoners, led by Col. Nicholson (Guinness) filing into a Japanese PoW camp. The harsh camp commandant Col. Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) wants the British to build a bridge, but Nicholson refuses until his captor will agree to certain conditions. Thus begins the extraordinary contest of wills that sustains the entire movie. Both men resist each other on principle, yet share the dream of building the bridge. In both cases, the construction is a measure of their extraordinary folly. Magnificent performances and a gripping plot make this Oscar-winning film a must-see. This DVD edition contains theatrical trailers and talent files for David Lean, Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa.

Video Release: November 29, 2001

Runtime: 162

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396052789

Found in: Action / Adventure, Classics, Classics, Cops / Murder / Mysteries, General, General, War, War

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean
Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden

Video Release: November 29, 2001

Runtime: 162

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396052789


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround AC-3
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 162 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Description

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.

Notes

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).
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