Why is The Bridge on the River Kwai rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: The Bridge on the River Kwai is rated PG for
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.
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.
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.
Lying and bribe accepting behaviors are shown. Men dieing from various diseases are mentioned. Leeches and bats are shown.