The Bridge on the River Kwai facts for kids
|The Bridge on the River Kwai|
|Directed by||David Lean
Gus Agosti & Ted Sturgis (assistants)
|Produced by||Sam Spiegel|
|Written by||Pierre Boulle (novel)
Carl Foreman & Michael Wilson (screenplay)
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Editing by||Peter Taylor|
|Release date(s)||2 October 2 1957|
|Language||English / Japanese / Thai|
|Budget||$3 million (estimated)|
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a British 1957 movie from Columbia Pictures, based on Pierre Boulle's 1952 book The Bridge over the River Kwai (French: Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai). The movie was mainly filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and also in England.
In 1941 the Japanese Army invaded Thailand. They built a railway to link Bangkok to Rangoon. Thousands of Asian workers and POWs (prisoners of war) died while working on the project. Part of this project was building bridges over Thailand's Kwai Yai, at a place named Tamarkan, which is near a town named Kanchanaburi.
The deaths of the Asian workers and the prisoners were real events, but most of the book and the movie are not true. The British soldiers were slaves; they did not help the Japanese. Two bridges were built; one was made of wood, one was made of concrete and steel. Both bridges stood for two years and were destroyed by bombers in 1945.
The movie is best known for the "Colonel Bogey March", the song that is whistled by the POWs. It is also known as the "River Kwai March".
Images for kids
Chandran Rutnam and William Holden while shooting The Bridge on the River Kwai.
A picture of the actual bridge over the River Kwai in June 2004. The curved-shaped truss spans are the originals on the bridge (constructed by the Japanese military during WWII) while the two trapezoidal-shaped bridge spans were provided by Japan as war reparations after the war ended in 1945 (to replace two curved-shaped truss spans that fell into the river after the bridge was attacked and bombed by Allied aircraft.
A photo of Kitulgala, Sri Lanka in 2004, where the bridge was made for the film.
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