All Genres: War, Drama
Release Year: 1989
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Writing by: Joan Blair – (book) and
Clay Blair Jr. – (book)
Sargon Tamimi – (screenplay) and
Paul Mayersberg – (screenplay)
Produced by: Daniel Unger – executive producer
Kurt Unger – producer
Cast: Nick Tate – Cmdr.Hunt
Timothy Bottoms – Seaman Miller
George Takei – Lt. Tanaka
Edward Fox – Maj. Benford
Alexander Blaise – Exec. Officer Clancy (as Blaise Alexandre)
Simplicio Cahilig – Old Vietnamese Man
Michael Dante – Cmdr. Davidson
Patricia Edmondson – Lady in Saigon
Denholm Elliott – Col. Grayson
Richard Graham – Sgt. Perry
Jimmy Guerrero – Japanese Businessman
Music: Lalo Schifrin
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Plot Outline: A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan.
Plot: A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that some of the prisoners must be executed. Just in time major Harada arrives with orders that the healthiest prisoners must be transported to Japan by train and boat. A treacherous journey since the allied forces keep a close eye on railroads and practically own the seas. The prisoners are thinking of plans to escape. Meanwhile the American bomber has been shot down and it's pilot, Leyland Crawford, is being rescued by the indigenous people, the Meo. The Meo have formed a resistance group against the Japanese, led by the British colonel Grayson.
Movie Quotes: George Miller:”>Begging Vito] NO MORE… NO MORE
Vito Minelli Sr.:”>as he posesses George once again] ONCE MORE
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
In the opening credits certain letters are reversed so as to imitate Russian Cyrillic script. In particular, “Rs” and “Ns” are reversed.
Goofs: We know about 15 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Factual errors: In the article by Fowler in the London Times there is the word “kilometers” with the American spelling rather than the British spelling “kilometres”. It is very unlikely that an article by a British journalist in a British newspaper would use this spelling.
Trivia: There are 3 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Anthony Andrews was earmarked for the Edward Fox part
- The movie is set in 1945 but here are some facts from the ship. Brazil Maru, a 12,752-ton troop transport, was completed in 1939 as a civilian passenger liner. Requisitioned in 1941, she a served as a transport during the first months of the Pacific war. Brazil Maru was torpedoed and sunk by USS Greenling (SS-213) near Truk on 5 August 1942.
- This film was not released in the USA in cinemas because of legal reasons.