The Bridge on the River Kwai

Lists: Best Picture Winners from the 1950s, AFI 100 (2007), Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time

Brief Synopsis: "A 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."

Overall Ranking: 328 (Rank from 1957: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 60%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10190(full review)
Annwyn S80
Bryan Lienesch73 - "Epic" does not have to be shorthand for "slow-moving drama" as it is here for most of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'.
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • William Holden (Cmdr. Shears)
  • Alec Guinness (Col. Nicholson)
  • Jack Hawkins (Maj. Warden)
  • Sessue Hayakawa (Col. Saito)
  • James Donald (Maj. Clipton)
  • Geoffrey Horne (Lt. Joyce)
  • André Morell (Col. Green)
  • Peter Williams (Capt. Reeves)
  • John Boxer (Major Hughes)
  • Percy Herbert (Grogan)
  • Harold Goodwin (Baker)
  • Ann Sears (Nurse)
  • Heihachirô Ôkawa (Captain Kanematsu)
  • Keiichirô Katsumoto (Lieutenant Miura (also as K. Katsumoto) (as Keiichiro Katsumoto))
  • Pierre Boulle (Director)