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Year
1957
Runtime
161 min.
Director
David Lean
Genres
Drama, Adventure, War
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
133,423
Checks
23,939
Favs
1,615
Dislikes
65
Favs/checks
6.7% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
25:1
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  1. Unfortunate Synopsis's avatar

    Unfortunate Synopsis

    At first the movie seemed pretty ordinary, but it just continued to build. And then that ending... wow. 4 years 4 months ago
  2. jktomas's avatar

    jktomas

    What I like about this movie is that it doesn't give clear answers what's good and what's not. This is how war stories should always be portrayed.
    On one hand I was rooting for colonel Nicholson, because he was right in most cases, they really turned defeat into victory by building the bridge, every soldier working on it felt like soldiers and not slaves, it proved to japanese how strong british nation is etc. (And man oh man, isn't Guinness a fantastic actor?)
    I was also rooting for colonel Saito. Even though he was a jerk at the beginning, he had his reasons. His life was depending on this bridge and he wasn't expecting the british to co-operate, so he was cruel to them. One of my favorite scenes in the film was when Nicholson convinced some soldiers that needed medical attention to work on the bridge and Saito was looking through the window with his mouth open. He was probably thinking of letting Nicholson go back home after the bridge is done. Saito changed a lot throughout the movie and I was not expecting that, usually characters like that stay evil all the way untill they are killed.
    American and the rest of his group were right as well, but I was rooting for them the least as I was hoping the bridge to stand.
    And the finale was uncomfortable for me to watch and that's fantastic actually. Again this is what war stories should be doing to you. You should never know who to root for because in war there are is no right side.
    The most disappointing thing about the movie is that it's not a true story. It's based on some true events, but my favorite aspects of the story didn't actually happen.
    3 years 6 months ago
  3. Scratch47's avatar

    Scratch47

    Teeming with Lean's signature brand of epic scope mixed with intimate character portrayals, 'Kwai' unfolds at a relaxed natural pace to reveal a heart of madness. The colors and cinematography are excellent, as is Guiness' portrayal of a commander driven to a kind of Stockholm Syndrome under the name of British dignity. Truly an 'event' film of its time and one to watch in an environment of prestige. 5 years 1 month ago
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