About

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

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Directed by

David Lean

Written by

Michael Wilson (Screenplay)
Pierre Boulle (Novel)
Carl Foreman (Screenplay)

Runtime

161 minutes

Country

United States of America, United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

It spans a whole new world of entertainment!

Cast

Keywords

world war ii based on novel or book japan resistance river thailand bridge prisoner of war officer burma bridge blowup

Photos

Lists

#139 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#379 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#36 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#163 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar for Best Director David Lean

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Michael Wilson Pierre Boulle Carl Foreman

Oscar for Best Cinematography Jack Hildyard

Oscar for Best Film Editing