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||IMDB Rating: 8.2/10 from votes
||Release: 21 March 1958 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
||Director: Pierre Boulle,
||Stars: Alec Guinness, André Morell, Ann Sears, Geoffrey Horne, Harold Goodwin, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Jack Hawkins, James Donald, John Boxer, Keiichirô Katsumoto, M.R.B. Chakrabandhu, Percy Herbert, Peter Williams, Sessue Hayakawa, William Holden
||Synopsis: The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge. Written by alfiehitchie
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I am normally an admirer of David Lean. But it is difficult to understand
why he chose to base this film on a real event at the River Kwai, as it
grossly misrepresents the real "Colonel Nicholson" and caused considerable
distress to both him and the River Kwai veterans.
The Colonel Nicholson character is based on the allied camp commander,
Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey, who was a remarkable officer by any
Awarded the DSO for heroism during the defence of Singapore, he refused an
order to join the evacuation so he could remain with his men during
captivity. In the hellish conditions of the camp, he worked courageously
ensure that as many of his men as possible would survive. He endured
beatings when he complained of ill-treatment of prisoners, but as a
negotiator he was able to win many concessions from the Japanese by
convincing them that this would speed the completion of the work. Behind
their backs, however, he did everything possible to delay and sabotage the
construction without endangering his men, and also helped organise a
escape, at considerable cost to himself. For his conduct in the camp, he
the undying respect of his men.
After the war, he showed great generosity of spirit by saving the life of
Colonel Saito, second in command at the camp and a relatively decent
officer, when he spoke up for him at the war crimes tribunal. He worked
the veterans all his life, and became President of the National Federation
of Far Eastern Prisoners of War.
He refused repeated requests by the veterans to speak out against the
being much too modest to seek any glory or recognition for himself.
you will find his achievements documented in a book by Professor Peter
Davies entitled "The Man Behind the Bridge".
Toosey hoped that no one watching the film would believe a British Army
officer could be so stupid in real life. But with the film being rated on
this site as one of the top 50 movies of all time, this hope may have been
misplaced. Enjoy the film by all means as a work of fiction, but it is
surely important to set the record straight and recognise the heroism of
real man involved.
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, André Morell
, Ann Sears
, Geoffrey Horne
, Harold Goodwin
, Heihachirô Ôkawa
, Jack Hawkins
, James Donald
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, M.R.B. Chakrabandhu
, Percy Herbert
, Peter Williams
, Sessue Hayakawa
, William Holden
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