The Bridge on the River Kwai

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The Bridge on the River Kwai
Directed by David Lean
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Screenplay by Carl Foreman
Michael Wilson
Based on The Bridge over the River Kwai 
bi Pierre Boulle
Starring William Holden
Alec Guinness
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by Peter Taylor
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • 2 October 1957 (1957-10-02)
Running time
161 minutes
Country USA/UK
Language Inglis
Budget $3 million (estimatit)
Box office $33.3 million (in U.S.)

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 Breetish-American Warld War II film directit bi David Lean, based on the eponymous French novel (1952) bi Pierre Boulle. The film is a wirk o fiction but borrows the construction o the Burma Railway in 1942–43 for its historical settin. It starns William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness an Sessue Hayakawa. The film wis filmed in Ceylon (nou kent as Sri Lanka). The bridge in the film wis locatit near Kitulgala.

The film achieved near-universal creetical acclaim, winnin seiven Academy Awairds (includin Best Picture) at the 30t Academy Awards, an in 1997 this film wis deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically signieeficant" an selectit for preservation in the Unitit States Library o Congress National Film Registry. It is widely considered tae be ane o the greatest films o aw time.[1][2]

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  1. On the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies lists, in 1998 (#13) and 2007 (#36)
  2. Roger Ebert. "Great Movies: The First 100". Retrieved Februar 25, 2013.