The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

One of the all-time great war movies opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito and British colonel Nicholson. Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This complex war epic asks hard questions, resists easy answers, and boasts career-defining work from star Alec Guinness and director David Lean.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

It is a stirring drama of World War II, in which Spiegel has had the excellent help of British director David Lean, in charge of the action, and of a fine company of international players.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

From sky to ground in two shots, and it already feels like we've traversed a great distance, with two and a half hours of skillful, suspenseful WWII adventure to go.

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Bill Gibron

Suffice it to say, it's a masterpiece... and an epic one at that.

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Jerry Tallmer
Village Voice

Has no one else found it highly peculiar that damn near everybody's choice for the best movie of (let's say) the decade should be dedicated, inferentially but absolutely, to the proposition that Courage is Madness and Cowardice is Best?

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TIME Magazine

It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Few Second World War films are as enduring as this multi-Oscar-winning examination of the stiff upper lip from director David Lean.

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Philip Roth
The New Republic

Part of the success of The Bridge is that its courageous hero is shown from all angles, in all kinds of mirrors. He is strong, stubborn, fallible, maniacal, silly, and wise; and in the end he is pathetic, noble, and foolish.

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Mike Kaplan

A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.

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Total Film

It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspective of the Second World War.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A battalion of British POWs are forced to build a bridge while an American soldier is charged with blowing it up. Exquisitely plotted, this film is remarkably… More
xGary Xx
A stubborn English Colonel locks horns with a similarly duty-bound Japanese prison camp commander over the building of a strategically important railway bridge… More
Christian C
Powerful film about an aspect of WWII not many people learn about any more. Excellent performances all around, but particularly striking performance from the… More
Chris Weber
Based on a novel based on true events, this is a historical epic set during World War II in Japanese controlled Burma about a group of British POWs in a prison… More
Alex roy
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a near flawless war drama based on the fiction book by French author Pierre Boulle. I thought that this was a great film, but it… More
Carlos Magalhães
An excellent war film that focuses on characters rather than on battles, offering outstanding dialogue and an intense Oscar-winning performance by Alec… More

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