The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster

Location: United Kingdom

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Winner of seven Academy Awards including 'Best Picture', the 1957 film "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was a joint British American film set in a prisoner of war camp in Burma during WWII. It was based on the novel "Le Pont de la Rivière Kwaï" written in 1952 by Pierre Boulle.

The film was directed by British director David Lean and starred William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness, and Sessue Hayakawa. Alec Guinness won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Colonel Nicholson. The film's reputation has endured and it is often included on British and American best film lists.

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