The Bridge on the River Kwai (Film) Review

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Released: 2nd October 1957
Director: David Lean
Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, Geoffrey Horne
Rating: PG
Running Time: 161

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

(TIME Magazine) said:
"It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job."
Ian Nathan (Empire Magazine) said:
"A towering work."
(Film4) said:
"Guinness, Lean and British war cinema have never been better."
Mike Kaplan (Variety) said:
"A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments."
(Time Out) said:
"A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises."
Bosley Crowther (New York Times) said:
"Brilliant is the word, and no other, to describe the quality of skills that have gone into the making of this picture."
Almar Haflidason (BBC) said:
"Lean achieves a fine balance of creating complex characters from a fine cast, while keeping the pace up throughout this long movie."
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) said:
"Most war movies are either for or against their wars. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the few that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals."

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