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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Released

Dec 18, 1957

Latest Home Video

Nov 02, 2010

MPAA Rating

PG

Cast

Alec Guinness
Sessue Hayakawa

Studio

1957 Sony Pictures

Still shot from the movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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Synopsis

During WWII, the Japanese forced Allied POWs to build a railroad, which included constructing a bridge on the River Kwai. This movie focuses on the clash between the military ethics of a British Colonel, the cultural expectations of a Japanese commander, and a plot to sabotage the structure.

Content Details

Why Is The Bridge on the River Kwai Rated PG?

The Bridge on the River Kwai is rated PG

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Overall: B+

During WWII, the Japanese force Allied POWs to build a railroad, which includes constructing a bridge on the River Kwai. The movie focuses on the clash between the military ethics of a British Colonel, the cultural expectations of a Japanese commander, and a plot to sabotage the structure. Mild violence and moderate suspense are featured in this 1957 classic film.

Violence: C+

Numerous graves shown, indicating many deaths. Prisoner of war camp depicted; some prisoners are shown as starving and injured. Implied beating of a soldier. Prisoners are locked in a tin hut and suffer from heat exhaustion. Characters are threatened with physical harm and execution. Many characters die or are injured from gunshots, strangulation, stabbings, and accidents: some blood and corpses shown. Lethal pills to be used if captured are mentioned. Soldiers discuss the need to kill without hesitation. Several explosions are depicted. A train accident is shown.

Sexual Content: B+

Many male characters have bare chests due to climate and/or scarcity of clothing. Pin-up girl on a calendar is shown. A bathing suit clad couple kisses; a sexual relationship is subtly implied. Women in native dress have bare shoulders. Performers at a festive celebration cross-dress.

Language: A

None noted.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Prisoners bribe guard for a cigarette butt. Some officers drink alcohol and offer it to others. A cigar is offered. Social drinking is portrayed.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Lying and bribe accepting behaviors are shown. Men dieing from various diseases are mentioned. Leeches and bats are shown.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Bridge on the River Kwai.

For other films about World War Two, try Tora, Tora, Tora, or South Pacific. Alec Guinness can also be seen in Star Wars, as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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Blu-ray Notes: The Bridge on the River Kwai

Release Date: 2 November 2010

The Bridge on the River Kwai releases to Blu-ray with the following bonus extras:

- DVD and Blu-ray copies of the film.

- William Holden and Alec Guinness on The Steve Allen Show

- The Bridge on the River Kwai Premiere, Narrated by William Holden

- Crossing the Bridge:Picture-in-Graphics Track

- Four Featurettes: Making of The Bridge on the River Kwai, USC short film introduced by William Holden, An Appreciation by Filmmaker John Milius and Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant.

- Photo Gallery

- Replicas of the original theatrical lobby cards

- 35 page book with stories and photos from the production

DVD Notes:The Bridge on the River Kwai

Release Date: November 21, 2000

If you don’t yet appreciate the differences between the “aspect ratios” of a typical VHS tape and a DVD, then check this classic out on the shiny disc. The film was shot in a super-wide 1:2.55 ratio (most movies are 1:1.85 or 1:2.35). Unfortunately, we could only get our hands on the standard release which features a 1:2.35 “crop” of the original. Still, it was wonderful to see this award winning work of art in its widescreen splendor.

For the absolute purist, look for the Limited Edition release which features a two disc set and the movie in it’s complete 1:2.55 ratio. Amazingly, it sells on Amazon at this moment (June 2002) for only 3 cents more than the standard edition!
DVD notes by Rod Gustafson

DVD Release Information (Limited Edition):
  • Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
  • Theatrical release date: December 18, 1957
  • DVD release date: November 21, 2000
  • Runtime: 162 minutes
  • Production company: Columbia Tri-Star
  • Package type: Keep Case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 2.55:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono).
  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Thai
DVD Extras:
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Two-discs
  • Exclusive Documentary: “The Making of the Bridge on the River Kwai”
  • Original Featurette: “The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant”
  • USC Short Film Narrated by William Holden
  • An Appreciation and Discussion by Filmmaker John Milius
  • Talent files for David Lean, Alec Guiness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa
  • Photo Montage (International Posters and Lobby Cards)
  • Behind the Scenes Footage

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