Bridge on the River Kwai

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USA | 1957 | 161 Minutes | David Lean

August 3 - 5, 2013

4K digital restoration! Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Sceenplay and Cinematography, David Lean's benchmark war film showcases the battle of wits between remorseless Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and charismatic Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness).

In a Japanese prison camp isolated deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Colonel Saito has been charged with building a vitally important railway bridge. His clash of wills with British prisoner Colonel Nicholson escalates into a duel of honor. Hayakawa's cruel camp commander is gradually revealed as a victim of his own sense of honor and Oscar winner Guinness disappears as only he can into Nicholson's brittle, duty-driven, delusional psychosis. His final glimpse of self-knowledge remains one of cinema's most astonishing moments.

  • Director: David Lean
  • Principal Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1957
  • Running Time: 161 Minutes
  • Language: English