Monday, June 24, 2013

Movie review: The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Obi-Wan Kenobi tries to rally his POW troops' morale by building a high-quality bridge for the Empire (Japanese) in Burma during World War II. He gets so caught up in doing a good job, he misses the point that it's probably a bad idea to give the enemy a quality bridge on which to move supplies. Moral conundrums ensue.

I watched Bridge again because it's one of AFI's 100 Years, 100 Cheers from my 3rd 101 Things in 1001 Days list. It's a good movie, brilliantly acted. Alec Guinness is stalwart and obsessive as the commanding officer of the group of POWs. William Holden is aptly laconic as the lone American, who pulls off a daring escape only to be dragged back into the jungle by the Allies for a rescue mission.

1 comment:

  1. I saw this movie when I was a kid and all I remember is the whistling. I keep MEANING to watch it because my best friend gave it to me for my birthday -- it was the Best Picture the year I was born. Thanks for reminding me.