Nicholson drives his men hard to complete the bridge on time. That evening, the officers are placed in a punishment hut, while Nicholson is locked in an iron box after getting beaten as punishment. It is as beautiful a film to watch today as it was in 1957, proudly boasting the Cinemascope format that was used to photograph the wilds of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) which stood in for the film… The documentary itself was described by one newspaper reviewer when it was shown on Boxing Day 1974 (The Bridge on the River Kwai had been shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day 1974) as "Following the movie, this is a rerun of the antidote."[32]. The Bridge on the River Kwai, British-American war film, released in 1957 and directed by David Lean, that was both a critical and popular success and became an enduring classic. To ensure they captured the one-time event, multiple cameras from several angles were used. [42] Ebert notes that the film is one of the few war movies that "focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals", but commented that the viewer is not certain what is intended by the final dialogue due to the film's shifting points of view. Spike from the Burma Railroad. Young: "Donald, did anyone whistle Colonel Bogey ... as they did in the film?" The movie, exploring the lives of British prisoners of war being held at a Japanese prison camp in Burma, was filmed in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) near the town of Kitulgala, which is known for its rainforests, adventure sports and activities. "[44] Significant praise was also given to the actors especially Alec Guinness, Variety said that "the film is unquestionably Guinness'". Both bridges were destroyed by Allied bombers on 2 April 1945, although they had been damaged and repaired several times before. What I Learned From Watching: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) YouTube Video A video essay written, edited, and narrated by Tyler Knudsen about the production of “River Kwai” and some film … It was still highly unusual at that time for a television network to show such a long film in one evening; most films of that length were still generally split into two parts and shown over two evenings. He created the railroad. David Lean's epic war drama The Bridge On The River Kwai is a film that succeeds in keeping the "epic" relatively small scale. It stresses the importance of duty, but Kwai is quick to show how adherence to duty for the wrong reasons (pride, for example) can tempt disaster.This film may look like another glossy World War II film from the late 1950s, but it is in a class all by itself. Discover this hidden gem set away from the crowds. British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it. [8], The film was relatively faithful to the novel, with two major exceptions. The 1957 movie Bridge on the River Kwai may be one of the most famous war movies ever made, winning seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Alec Guinness. Only in 1984 did the Academy rectify the situation by retroactively awarding the Oscar to Foreman and Wilson, posthumously in both cases. Boulle nonetheless enjoyed the film version though he disagreed with its climax. We worked at bayonet point and under bamboo lash, taking any risk to sabotage the operation whenever the opportunity arose. This was an entertaining story. Warden is wounded in an encounter with a Japanese patrol and has to be carried on a litter. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. [52] The image was restored by OCS, Freeze Frame, and Pixel Magic with George Hively editing. Three prisoners escape. Toosey later defended him in his war crimes trial after the war, and the two became friends. Recognising the dying Shears, Nicholson exclaims, "What have I done?" The film uses the historical setting of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–1943. [44], Balu Mahendra, the Tamil film director, saw the shooting of this film at Kitulgala, Sri Lanka during his school trip and was inspired to become a film director. Correspondence between film companies and the War Office turns up in a number of files at The National Archives. Bridge on the River Kwai was the highest-grossing film of 1957 and received overwhemingly positive reviews from critics. As a result, Boulle, who did not speak English, was credited and received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; many years later, Foreman and Wilson posthumously received the Academy Award.[3]. Only in 1984 did the Academyrectify the situation by retroactively awarding the Oscar t… Visit Kitulgala during the peak season of January to March, as the climate is cooler and with less rainfall; it’s the ideal time to partake in a variety of water sports in the area. [10][11], The film was an international co-production between companies in Britain and the United States. The march was written in 1914 by Kenneth J. Alford, a pseudonym of British Bandmaster Frederick J. Ricketts. [18], British composer Malcolm Arnold recalled that he had "ten days to write around forty-five minutes worth of music" - much less time than he was used to. I mean, at least not in my lifetime. Most importantly, there were nowhere to escape from the camp as it was surrounded by jungle. "The ending of that was sort of the story of life. In an interview he said that "There were a lot of lessons in that", Buffett said of the film. The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. [16], Lean nearly drowned when he was swept away by the river current during a break from filming.[17]. The separate dialogue, music and effects were located and remixed with newly recorded "atmospheric" sound effects. War film directed in 1958 by David Lean, and starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, James Donald, Sessue Hayakawa, André Morell, Geoffrey Horne, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Heihachiro Okawa… But in Bangkok I was told that David Lean, the film's director, became mad at the extras who played the prisoners—us—because they couldn't march in time. Lean shouted at them, 'For God's sake, whistle a march to keep time to.' The major railway bridge described in the novel and film didn't actually cross the river known at the time as the Kwai. Ordinarily, the film would have been taken by boat to London, but due to the Suez crisis this was impossible; therefore the film was taken by air freight. Nicholson is shocked by the poor job being done by his men. While Nicholson disapproves of acts of sabotage and other deliberate attempts to delay progress, Toosey encouraged this: termites were collected in large numbers to eat the wooden structures, and the concrete was badly mixed. When the shipment failed to arrive in London, a worldwide search was undertaken. Both writers had to work in secret, as they were on the Hollywood blacklist and had fled to the UK in order to continue working. Unique to this film, in some ways, were other issues related to poorly made optical dissolves, the original camera lens and a malfunctioning camera. That makes the Bridge on the River Kwai one of Kanchanaburi’s most popular war-related attractions – there are always crowds trudging across it and snapping photos – but it is actually something of a misnomer. Nicholson spots the wire and brings it to Saito's attention. [33], The Bridge on the River Kwai was a massive commercial success. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” won Best Picture and six other Oscar nods from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at the 1958 Academy Awards. [49] The 167-minute film was first telecast, uncut, in colour, on the evening of 25 September 1966, as a three hours-plus ABC Movie Special. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 95% based on 58 reviews, with an average rating of 9.33/10. [29] According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission: The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. [36] By October 1960, the film had earned worldwide box office revenues of $30 million. Saito threatens to have them shot, but Nicholson refuses to back down. For example, a Sergeant-Major Risaburo Saito was in real life second in command at the camp. Madness! He described the music for The Bridge on the River Kwai as the "worst job I ever had in my life" from the point of view of time. The two did not collaborate on the script; Wilson took over after Lean was dissatisfied with Foreman's work. For him, its completion will exemplify the ingenuity and hard work of the British Army. [15] Guinness later reflected on the scene, calling it the "finest piece of work" he had ever done. [25] On a BBC Timewatch programme, a former prisoner at the camp states that it is unlikely that a man like the fictional Nicholson could have risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and, if he had, due to his collaboration he would have been "quietly eliminated" by the other prisoners. When he asks that their Japanese counterparts pitch in as well, a resigned Saito replies that he already gave the order. The steel bridge was repaired and is still in use today. Thank God that I'm starting work tomorrow with an American actor (William Holden)."[13]. It was repaired in time to be blown up the next morning, with Bandaranaike and his entourage present. 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[12], Director David Lean clashed with his cast members on multiple occasions, particularly Alec Guinness and James Donald, who thought the novel was anti-British. [4][5] It has been included on the American Film Institute's list of best American films ever made. As the train approaches, they hurry down to the riverbank to investigate. Nicholson forbids any escape attempts because they were ordered by headquarters to surrender, and escapes could be seen as defiance of orders. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) is one of the few that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals. When the Japanese launched their lightning attacks in December 1941, they not only targeted the American fleet and its island bases, but … The four commandos parachute in, though one is killed on landing. "[40] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Discover this hidden gem set away from the crowds. "[24], A 1969 BBC television documentary, Return to the River Kwai, made by former POW John Coast,[27] sought to highlight the real history behind the film (partly through getting ex-POWs to question its factual basis, for example Dr Hugh de Wardener and Lt-Col Alfred Knights), which angered many former POWs. A train carrying important dignitaries and soldiers is scheduled to be the first to cross the bridge the following day, so Warden waits to destroy both. Discussions over building a replica of the bridge are currently underway. [9], Many directors were considered for the project, among them John Ford, William Wyler, Howard Hawks, Fred Zinnemann, and Orson Welles (who was also offered a starring role). The Bridge on the River Kwai is a classic 1957 British-American war film based upon the 1952 novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. To the producers' horror, the film containers were found a week later on an airport tarmac in Cairo, sitting in the hot sun. Subsequent releases of the film finally gave them proper screen credit. On February 1, 2021, MHM's Film Reviews will only be available on our YouTube Channel. In the film, a Colonel Saito is camp commandant. What the film did not win was the respect and admiration from members of the Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) due to the fictitious portrayal of events. This film was shot in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon), and a bridge was erected for the purpose of shooting the film over Kelani River at Kitulgala, Sri Lanka. [45], Warren Buffett said it was his favorite movie. But the reality was a bit different than the movie. Thanks to the film, the Bridge, situated in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi a couple of hours drive from Bangkok, is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions. Wise: "I never heard it in Thailand. Two are shot dead, but United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Shears gets away. Bookmark the permalink. The filming location for Bridge on the River Kwai is today indicated by a discreet, rusted piece of metal on which directions to the area have been painted. The British Film Institute placed The Bridge on the River Kwai as the 11th greatest British film. The two did not collaborate on the script; Wilson took over after Lean was dissatisfied with Foreman's work. “The Bridge of the River Kwai” from 1957, runs 2 hours, 47 minutes, and will be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m. on PBS. [42], Slant Magazine gave the film four out of five stars. The train crashed into a generator on the other side of the bridge and was wrecked. The senior British officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson, informs Saito that the Geneva Conventions exempts officers from manual labour. In early 1943, British POWs arrive at a Japanese prison camp in Burma. Kithulgala – The Filming Location of The Bridge on the River Kwai They were put to work under terrible conditions and were treated brutally. The Bridge on The River Kwai. Desperate, he uses the anniversary of Japan's 1905 victory in the Russo-Japanese War as an excuse to save face and announces a general amnesty, releasing Nicholson and his officers and exempting them from manual labour. Realising he has no choice, Shears "volunteers". Shears is so appalled at going back he confesses he is not an officer; he impersonated one, expecting better treatment from the Japanese. In a 1988 interview with Barry Norman, Lean confirmed that Columbia almost stopped filming after three weeks because there was no white woman in the film, forcing him to add what he calls, "a very terrible scene" between William Holden and the nurse on the beach. Usually, the correspondence centres on requests for support from the War Office. It is best to watch the movie first before you visit the area, so you can reimagine how the set would have looked like. Should Saito fail to meet his deadline, he would be obliged to commit ritual suicide. [25][26] Some consider the film to be an insulting parody of Toosey. It was initially scripted by screenwriter Carl Foreman, who was later replaced by Michael Wilson. We hadn't much breath left for whistling. MHM’s movie summary, film and plot synopsis of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, and Jack Hawkins. Although the 1957 film was set on the Death Railway of Burma, where British PoWs built a real bridge over a real River Kwai in Thailand, it was filmed in Sri Lanka. The filming of the bridge explosion was to be done on 10 March 1957, in the presence of S.W.R.D. Guinness later said that he subconsciously based his walk while emerging from "the Oven" on that of his eleven-year-old son Matthew,[14] who was recovering from polio at the time, a disease that left him temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. An example of this is when commandos Warden and Joyce hunt a fleeing Japanese soldier through the jungle, desperate to prevent him from alerting other troops. [41], Roger Ebert gives the film four out of four stars. On this, its 60th birthday, The Bridge on the River Kwai has lost none of its majesty. The Bridge on the River Kwai has never been a great-looking film. And a bloke called George Siegatz ... —an expert whistler—began to whistle Colonel Bogey, and a hit was born.". Directed by David Lean. The dazed colonel stumbles towards the detonator and collapses on the plunger, blowing up the bridge and send the train hurtling into the river. The commandant, Colonel Saito, informs them that all prisoners, regardless of rank, will work on the construction of a railway bridge over the River Kwai that will connect Bangkok and Rangoon. On another occasion, they argued over the scene where Nicholson reflects on his career in the army. [22] Gavin Young[23] recounts meeting Donald Wise, a former prisoner of the Japanese who had worked on the Burma Railway. Both bridges were used for two years, until they were destroyed by Allied bombing. ABC, sponsored by Ford, paid a record $1.8 million for the television rights for two screenings in the United States. The official credit was given to Pierre Boulle (who did not speak English), and the resulting Oscar for Best Screenplay (Adaptation) was awarded to him. In many tense, dramatic scenes, only the sounds of nature are used. Although it was not exposed to sunlight, the heat-sensitive colour film stock should have been hopelessly ruined; however, when processed the shots were perfect and appeared in the film. Sri Lanka is to rebuild the replica bridge destroyed in an iconic scene from the film Bridge on the River Kwai, as part of a tourism drive. From Bangkok:There's something not right about taking a bus to see the Death Railway and Bridge on the River Kwai. The movie garnered seven Academy Awards, including that for best picture, as well as three Golden Globe Awards and four BAFTA awards. Over the protests of some of his officers, he orders Captain Reeves and Major Hughes to build a proper bridge, in order to maintain his men's morale and pride in their professionalism. Shears, who is a British commando officer like Warden in the novel, became an American sailor who escapes from the POW camp. In March 1958, The Bridge on the River Kwai swept seven Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture. The adventure war film The Bridge on the River Kwai may have swept the board of awards and attracted acclaim as one best films of the 20th century, but … The bridge in the film was near Kitulgala. [37], The film was re-released in 1964 and earned a further estimated $2.6 million at the box office in the United States and Canada[38] but the following year its revised total US and Canadian revenues were reported by Variety as $17,195,000. Nicholson yells for help, while attempting to stop Joyce from reaching the detonator. The Bridge On The River Kwai – 1957 – English. Warden responds that he already knew and that the American Navy had agreed to transfer him to the British Army, along with Shears receiving a commission of major, to avoid embarrassment. The conditions to which POW and civilian labourers were subjected were far worse than the film depicted. Some of the characters in the film use the names of real people who were involved in the Burma Railway. Thailand's Kanchanaburi. In reality, Japanese engineers proved to be just as capable at construction efforts as their Allied counterparts.[47][48]. The negative itself manifested many of the kinds of issues one would expect from a film of this vintage: torn frames, embedded emulsion dirt, scratches through every reel, colour fading. The destruction of the bridge as depicted in the film is also entirely fictional. Did he really want the enemy to come in across it?”[46], Some Japanese viewers disliked the film's depiction of the Japanese characters present in the movie and the historical background presented as being inaccurate, particularly in the interactions between Saito and Nicholson. "[43], Variety gave high praise for the movie saying that it is "a gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments. IT WAS LOOSELY BASED ON REAL EVENTS. But the unusual move paid off for ABC—the telecast drew huge ratings with a record audience of 72 million[49] and a Nielsen rating of 38.3 and an audience share of 61%. In 1997, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress. With William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa. Arnold won an Academy Award for the film's score. Mitch Miller had a hit with a recording of both marches. Recently, the Tourist Board of Sri Lanka has considered installing a replica of the bridge from the film to promote further interest in Kitulgala and its surrounding rainforests to visiting tourists. It was the highest-grossing film of 1957 in the United States and Canada and was also the most popular film at the British box office that year. swept seven Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture. Two trains a day leave Bangkok Thonburi station (also known as Bangkok Noi) on the West side of the river in Bangkok, for Kanchanaburi then River Kwai Bridge … The film was directed by David Lean and starred William Holding, Jack … does not fall onto the plunger, and the bridge suffers only minor damage. [50][51], The film was restored in 1992 by Columbia Pictures. In particular, they objected to the implication presented in the film that Japanese military engineers were generally unskilled and unproficient at their professions. The prisoners work as little as possible and sabotage what they can. The Bridge on the River Kwai is a British 1957 movie from Columbia Pictures, based on Pierre Boulle's 1952 book The Bridge over the River Kwai (French: Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai).The movie was mainly filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and also in England.. The wooden bridge over the River Kwae Yai, which in Boulle’s book was called the River Kwai, was completed in February 1943, followed by a concrete and steel bridge completed in June 1943. When Joyce is mortally wounded by Japanese fire, Shears swims across the river, but is himself shot. The Bridge on the River Kwai is an epic World War II film directed by David Lean and based on the novel by Pierre Boulle. In reality, Risaburo Saito was respected by his prisoners for being comparatively merciful and fair towards them. A Gem of the Silver Screen. The movie, exploring the lives of British prisoners of war being held at a Japanese prison camp in Burma, was filmed in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) near the town of Kitulgala, which is known for its rainforests, adventure sports and activities. The film is set in 1943, as the forces of Imperial Japan are tightening their hold on South East Asia. In fact, two bridges were built: a temporary wooden bridge and a permanent steel/concrete bridge a few months later. Toosey in fact did as much as possible to delay the building of the bridge. The telecast of the film lasted more than three hours because of the commercial breaks. The film was made in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). By daybreak the river level has dropped, exposing the wire connecting the explosives to the detonator. The Bridge On The River Kwai Film Facts. The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 World War II epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai (1952) by Pierre Boulle.The film is a work of fiction but borrows the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 for its historical setting. The movie garnered seven Academy Awards , including that for best picture, as well as … [33] Boulle had never been to the bridge. The official credit was given to Pierre Boulle (who did not speak English), and the resulting Oscar for Best Screenplay (Adaptation) was awarded to him. [17], The producers nearly suffered a catastrophe following the filming of the bridge explosion. Witnessing the carnage, Clipton shakes his head, muttering, "Madness! However, cameraman Freddy Ford was unable to get out of the way of the explosion in time, and Lean had to stop filming. [34] According to Variety, the film earned estimated domestic box office revenues of $18,000,000[35] although this was revised downwards the following year to $15,000,000, which was still the biggest for 1958 and Columbia's highest-grossing film at the time. [53], On 2 November 2010 Columbia Pictures released a newly restored The Bridge on the River Kwai for the first time on Blu-ray. [21], A memorable feature of the film is the tune that is whistled by the POWs—the first strain of the march "Colonel Bogey"—when they enter the camp. In March 1958, The Bridge on the River Kwai swept seven Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture. As the Japanese engineers chose a poor site, a new bridge is begun downstream. But I am writing a factual account, and in justice to these men—living and dead—who worked on that bridge, I must make it clear that we never did so willingly. David Lean’s 1957 The Bridge On The River Kwai is an epic anti-war film. Although the Kelani River was a slower-moving waterway during the film’s shooting than it is today, David Lean (the director of the movie) is said to have nearly drowned when the river swept him away during a break from filming. When Major Clipton, the British medical officer, warns Saito there are too many witnesses for him to get away with murder, Saito leaves the officers standing all day in the intense heat. Despite this, he won an Oscar and a Grammy. Bandaranaike, then Prime Minister of Ceylon, and a team of government dignitaries. The novel was made into the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai, directed by David Lean, which won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Picture. With a fantastic cast and absolutely beautiful cinematography, David Lean crafts a pretty unforgettable film. These issues, running throughout the film, were addressed to a lesser extent on various previous DVD releases of the film and might not have been so obvious in standard definition. Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, and Sessue Hayakawa. Under cover of darkness, Shears and Joyce plant explosives on the bridge towers. The Bridge on the River Kwai, British-American war film, released in 1957 and directed by David Lean, that was both a critical and popular success and became an enduring classic. The bridge that was used to shoot the movie in 1956 and 1957 no longer exists, as it was dismantled once filming had concluded in order to protect the ecology of the surrounding environment. The 1957 award winning British-American war film The Bridge on the River Kwai was based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai (1952) which brought these struggles of the survivors to light. Many historical inaccuracies in the film have often been noted by eyewitnesses to the building of the real Burma Railway and historians. Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma, worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre. 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