Award-winning adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about the battle of wills between a Japanese POW camp commander and a British colonel over the construction of a rail bridge, and the parallel efforts by escaped prisoner Holden to destroy it. Holden's role was originally cast for Cary Grant. Memorable too for whistling "Colonel Bogey March." Because the writers were blacklisted, Bouelle (who spoke no English) was originally credited as the screenwriter.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 161 minutes.
Originally from British.
Oscars 1957: Actor (Guinness), Adapt. Screenplay, Cinematog., Director (Lean), Film Editing, Picture, Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1957: Actor (Guinness), Film, Screenplay; Directors Guild 1957: Director (Lean); Golden Globes 1958: Actor--Drama (Guinness), Director (Lean), Film--Drama; Natl. Bd. of Review 1957: Actor (Guinness), Director (Lean), Support. Actor (Hayakawa), Natl. Film Reg. 1997;; N.Y. Film Critics 1957: Actor (Guinness), Director (Lean), Film.
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