History Film / TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai

28th Feb '18 6:20:08 PM DaBradGuy
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* WhamLine: In-Universe. Saito makes a serious blunder when he reveals to Nicholson that, if the bridge is not finished on time, I will have to kill myself. The instant he says that, Saito has lost the fight. For the rest of the film, Nicholson is in charge of building the bridge.
29th Jan '18 3:32:06 AM momur
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* BecomingTheMonster: One of the main sources of conflict between Nicholson and Saito at the start of the film is Saito's insistence that the officers do hard labour. He also threatens to put the patients in the sick bay to work, neither of which Nicholson will agree to. Once Nicholson's pride in the bridge takes over, he makes both these demands himself.


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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A variation with Col. Nicholson. One of the main sources of conflict between Nicholson and Saito at the start of the film is Saito's insistence that the officers do hard labour. He also threatens to put the patients in the sick bay to work, neither of which Nicholson will agree to. Once Nicholson's pride in the bridge takes over, he makes both these demands himself.
29th Jan '18 3:26:09 AM momur
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* BecomingTheMonster: One of the main sources of conflict between Nicholson and Saito at the start of the film is Saito's insistence that the officers do hard labour. He also threatens to put the patients in the sick bay to work, neither of which Nicholson will agree to. Once Nicholson's pride in the bridge takes over, he makes both these demands himself.
26th Jan '18 9:48:37 PM Abodos
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* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Saito studied at London Polytechnic before the war. He notes that he originally wanted to be an artist, but after finding his artistic skills lacking switched to engineering instead while also hoping to help Japan's military endeavors with the latter in the future. He brings up this bit of his personal history while preparing a meal of corned beef and scotch (the latter of which he claims to prefer to sake), implying that he developed his taste for these staples of British cuisine there.
23rd Oct '17 5:12:21 PM Rmpdc
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* JungleWarfare: This film is set in the vast China-Burma-India Theater, one of the biggest examples of this kind of fighting. As shown here, aside from the Japanese, the jungle itself is as much of a hazard for the Allied troops assigned to fighting here.
20th Oct '17 4:59:23 AM jamespolk
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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Nicholson has a HeelRealization after recognizing a dying Shears, but Warden fatally wounds him with the mortar literally ''seconds'' after this. [[AmbiguousSituation It's not clear whether or not Nicholson blows up the bridge with his dying breath entirely on purpose.]]]]

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Nicholson has a HeelRealization after recognizing a dying Shears, but Warden fatally wounds him with the mortar literally ''seconds'' after this. [[AmbiguousSituation It's not clear whether or not Nicholson blows up the bridge with his dying breath entirely on purpose.]]]]]]



* TheHeroDies: Shears.



* PunchClockHero: Shears gets roped unwillingly by Warden into the mission to destroy the bridge. All he wants to do is stay alive. [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies He doesn't.]]]]

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* PunchClockHero: Shears gets roped unwillingly by Warden into the mission to destroy the bridge. All he wants to do is stay alive. [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies He doesn't.]]]]]]



* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but almost everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, simply nobody cares anymore. It's in fitting with the film's themes. While militarily a victory, the audience and the surviving characters are all quite aware of how little the bridge's destruction actually matters, to the point of being an unambiguous DownerEnding.]]

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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but almost everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, simply nobody cares anymore. It's in fitting with the film's themes. While militarily a victory, the audience and the surviving characters are all quite aware of how little the bridge's destruction actually matters, to the point of being an unambiguous DownerEnding.]]



* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler: The bridge.]]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Shears.]]

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* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler: The bridge.]]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Shears.]]
20th Oct '17 4:52:09 AM jamespolk
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* AFatherToHisMen / AnOfficerAndAGentleman: Col. Nicholson. The character was based on [[LesCollaborateurs French collaborateurs]] known to the author, while the actual colonel ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Toosey Philip Toosey]]) was evidently above reproach. Even the Japanese second-in-command grew to respect him. The whole "father to his men" business is lessened when Nicholson drags sick men out of the hospital to work on the bridge, but it's also implied that some of them are PlayingSick.
8th Oct '17 1:43:50 PM TropeRoper
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* CassandraTruth: Clipton tells Nicholson that no one will know/care about the prisoners being ill-treated, and later on that working on the bridge can be seen as treasonous activity. Nicholson doesn't listen, both times.
12th Jun '17 9:17:45 PM nombretomado
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It's best known for its {{theme tune}}, the pre-existing "ColonelBogeyMarch" (which is far better known to nearly every Brit--including those at the time--for a set of lyrics to the tune about the lack of genitalia of certain senior Nazis).[[note]] Director Lean wanted the film to open with the soldiers ''singing'' the vulgar version, but producer Sam Spiegel objected.[[/note]] But the film itself is a classic; it earned its seven {{Academy Award}}s, including Best Actor (Guinness), Best Director (Lean), and Best Picture.

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It's best known for its {{theme tune}}, the pre-existing "ColonelBogeyMarch" (which is far better known to nearly every Brit--including those at the time--for a set of lyrics to the tune about the lack of genitalia of certain senior Nazis).[[note]] Director Lean wanted the film to open with the soldiers ''singing'' the vulgar version, but producer Sam Spiegel objected.[[/note]] But the film itself is a classic; it earned its seven {{Academy UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Actor (Guinness), Best Director (Lean), and Best Picture.
12th Apr '17 10:28:00 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs / TheQuisling: Col. Nicholson does not realize that he has become this until the end of the film. Maj. Clipton, on the other hand, knows that Nicholson could be perceived as aiding the enemy, but cannot persuade Nicholson of this.



* LesCollaborateurs / TheQuisling: Col. Nicholson does not realize that he has become this until the end of the film. Maj. Clipton, on the other hand, knows that Nicholson could be perceived as aiding the enemy, but cannot persuade Nicholson of this.
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