THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Review: A British colonel works together with his men to oversee his construction of a railway bridge.
Director: David Lean
Actors: William Holden and Alec Guinness
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War and Classics
Found this rather tiresome, too long and predictable. Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle. You have got to give yourself about three hours to watch this film. This is one of Barry Norman’s 50 Greatest British Films and also in his top 100 films that he produced in the Radio Times. At the Academy Awards in 1958 this won 7 Oscars. They were for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring. Also that same year it won 3 Golden Globe Awards. They were Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture Actor-Drama and Best Motion Picture Director. It also won 4 Bafta Awards and they were for Best British Actor, Best British Film, Best British Screenplay and Best Film from any Source. It is rumored that the bridge cost $250,000 to build. While David Lean was filming a scene he nearly drowned, Geoffrey Horne saved him. This is one of Alec Guinness’ finest performance.