History Film / TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai

23rd Jan '17 12:38:34 AM TrollBrutal
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* AdaptationalNationality / CulturalTranslation / RaceLift: Shears is British in the book, doesn't escape from the prison camp, and [[FlatCharacter isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos]]. He was changed to American to accommodate William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]]. A great example of TropesAreNotBad.

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* AdaptationalNationality / CulturalTranslation / RaceLift: AdaptationalNationality: Shears is British in the book, doesn't escape from the prison camp, and [[FlatCharacter isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos]]. He was changed to American to accommodate William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]]. A great example of TropesAreNotBad.
22nd Jan '17 5:07:38 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptationalNationality: Shears is British in the book, doesn't escape from the prison camp, and [[FlatCharacter isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos]]. He was changed to American to accommodate William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]]. A great example of TropesAreNotBad.

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* AdaptationalNationality: AdaptationalNationality / CulturalTranslation / RaceLift: Shears is British in the book, doesn't escape from the prison camp, and [[FlatCharacter isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos]]. He was changed to American to accommodate William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]]. A great example of TropesAreNotBad.TropesAreNotBad.
* TheAlkatraz: The prison camp was allegedly inescapable due to its remote location deep in the Burmese jungle. Naturally, this was proved incorrect.
-->'''Colonel Saito''': "A word to you about escape. There is no barbed wire. No stockade. No watchtower. They are not necessary. We are an island in the jungle. Escape is impossible. You would die."



* BawdySong: The famous whistling scene in ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'' is an attempt to get "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar past the radar]]. The song is called the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel_Bogey_March "Colonel Bogey March"]] and has been a favorite for adding smutty lyrics to since 1914. It was supposedly inspired by an officer who whistled the first two notes instead of shouting "fore" on the golf course, so the song was insulting even when given its original title. Or not, considering that a "bogey" then, was what we today call a "par". Being called a scratch-player is probably NOT an insult anywhere.



* CoolGuns:
** The Japanese soldiers use Lee-Enfield rifles when they should have Arisaka rifles. The movie was filmed in Sri Lanka; being a former British colony, they had easy access to British weaponry (as the Japanese troops also used Thompsons and Vickers Machine Guns too.) It could be argued that the Japanese have confiscated the rifles from the British POWs after seizing Singapore and Hong Kong.
** Meanwhile, the commandos use Sten Guns, namely the Canadian model.
* CunningLinguist: The translator, who is said to have taught South-East Asian languages in Oxford(?) before the war seems at ease in the jungle, and seems to be more at home there than the other commandos.



* DyingDeclarationOfHate: Right before [[spoiler:Shears dies]], he addresses Nicholson:
-->You!?
-->'''You'''.



* InscrutableOriental: Subverted with Saito. He gives the impression of being taciturn, but in private, he has moments of vulnerability.



* MissionBriefing: Several, especially Shears' initial encounters with Major Warden.



* ParachuteInATree: A fatal example.

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* ParachuteInATree: A fatal example.example occurs when Chapman lands in a forest where he hangs himself.



* PrisonersWork: Captured British soldiers are forced to build a railroad bridge.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Nicholson.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Nicholson.]][[spoiler: After completing the titular bridge Col. Nicholson sees that a group of Allied troops have come to destroy it. Because of all the work put into it and what he thought the bridge represented he initially intervenes to stop them. Leading to the death of Joyce. After exclaiming in shock, "What have I done" Nicholson is injured by mortar fire but uses his last moments to try and reach the detonator that was planted and falls on top of it. Thus completing the mission.]]
* RomanticismVsEnlightenment: The film features this clash, although it is thoroughly subverted: Colonel Nicholson of Team Enlightenment believes so passionately in law and order that he ends up turning to HonorBeforeReason, and collaborating with his Japanese captors in order to stay in command of his men. The wild, defiant Warden, representing Romanticism, ultimately behaves more rationally. At least compared to the Colonel. But the other contrast in the movie is between Nicholson and Shears. In this contrast, Shears represents the Enlightenment as he pursues his goals of survival and defeating the enemy by whatever rational means are effective. Nicholson, on the other hand, is the Romantic who puts the concept of honor ahead of those other goals.



* ShootTheMedicFirst: Inverted - [[spoiler:Clipton the medic is the only named character to make it out of the film in one piece (all except one other person is killed, and the only other survivor already has a serious wound in the foot)]].



* TrashTheSet: The directors spent months and hundreds of man-hours engineering and building the eponymous bridge. Needless to say, the final scene required perfect acting and camera work.[[note]]The producers nearly suffered a catastrophe following the filming of the bridge explosion. To ensure they captured the one-time event, multiple cameras from several angles were used. Ordinarily, the film would have been taken by boat to London, but due to the Suez crisis this was impossible; therefore the film was taken by air freight. When the shipment failed to arrive in London, a worldwide search was undertaken. To the producers' horror the film containers were found a week later on an airport tarmac in Cairo, sitting in the hot sun. Although it was not exposed to sunlight, the heat-sensitive colour film stock should have been hopelessly ruined; however, when processed the shots were perfect and appeared in the film.[[/note]]

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* TrashTheSet: The directors filmmakers spent months and hundreds of man-hours engineering and building the eponymous bridge. Needless to say, the final scene required perfect acting and camera work.[[note]]The producers nearly suffered a catastrophe following the filming of the bridge explosion. To ensure they captured the one-time event, multiple cameras from several angles were used. Ordinarily, the film would have been taken by boat to London, but due to the Suez crisis this was impossible; therefore the film was taken by air freight. When the shipment failed to arrive in London, a worldwide search was undertaken. To the producers' horror the film containers were found a week later on an airport tarmac in Cairo, sitting in the hot sun. Although it was not exposed to sunlight, the heat-sensitive colour film stock should have been hopelessly ruined; however, when processed the shots were perfect and appeared in the film.[[/note]]



* YouSquared: As the climactic firefight breaks out between Warden's commandos and the Japanese soldiers guarding the bridge, Shears swims to the bank to confront Nicholson over revealing the explosive charges to the Japanese. However, he is mortally wounded before he gets there, and the exchange consists of just two words:

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* YouExclamation / YouSquared: As the climactic firefight breaks out between Warden's commandos and the Japanese soldiers guarding the bridge, Shears swims to the bank to confront Nicholson over revealing the explosive charges to the Japanese. However, he is mortally wounded before he gets there, and the exchange consists of just two words:
22nd Jan '17 12:30:59 PM TrollBrutal
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* RaceLift: Shears was English in the book. This was changed to have a Hollywood star in the film.
22nd Jan '17 11:43:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RaceLift: Shears was English in the book. This was changed to have a Hollywood star in the film.
20th Dec '16 3:23:32 PM Mdumas43073
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* NoNameGiven: We never do learn what Shears's real name is.
20th Dec '16 3:21:43 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Bridge on the River Kwai'' is a 1957 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII POW film about the construction of the bridges over the River Kwai, although it's [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory heavily fictionalised]]. It's [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the French novel]] ''The Bridge over the River Kwai'' by Pierre Boulle, of ''Literature/PlanetOfTheApes'' fame.

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''The Bridge on the River Kwai'' is a 1957 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII POW film directed by Creator/DavidLean, about the construction of the bridges over the River Kwai, although it's [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory heavily fictionalised]]. It's [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the French novel]] ''The Bridge over the River Kwai'' by Pierre Boulle, of ''Literature/PlanetOfTheApes'' fame.



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 Creator/DavidLean 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 Oscars, including best actor for Creator/AlecGuinness, best director for Creator/DavidLean, 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 Creator/DavidLean 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 Oscars, seven {{Academy Award}}s, including best actor for Creator/AlecGuinness, best director for Creator/DavidLean, Best Actor (Guinness), Best Director (Lean), and best picture.Best Picture.
20th Dec '16 3:18:11 PM Mdumas43073
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A British battalion is captured in Thailand and sent to a Japanese prison camp run by Colonel Saito. Notable among the prisoners is the battalion's commander, Lt. Colonel Nicholson, and Major Clipton, a medical officer.

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A British battalion is captured in Thailand and sent to a Japanese prison camp run by Colonel Saito. Saito (Sessue Hayakawa). Notable among the prisoners is are Lt. Colonel Nicholson (Creator/AlecGuinness), the battalion's commander, Lt. Colonel Nicholson, and Major Clipton, Clipton (James Donald), a medical officer.



Meanwhile, the British government is planning a covert mission to blow that bridge up, since its existence will help the Japanese. They draft an American, Shears (Creator/WilliamHolden), into their effort (he has two valid excuses which, together, the Brits had already used to get him transferred to them). Shears, along with Major Warden and Lieutenant Joyce, parachute into the jungle and find their way to the bridge. They secure dynamite, but things go wrong quickly.

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Meanwhile, the British government is planning a covert mission to blow that bridge up, since its existence will help the Japanese. They draft an American, Shears (Creator/WilliamHolden), into their effort (he has two valid excuses which, together, the Brits had already used to get him transferred to them). Shears, along with Major Warden (Jack Hawkins) and Lieutenant Joyce, Joyce (Geoffrey Horne), parachute into the jungle and find their way to the bridge. They secure dynamite, but things go wrong quickly.
20th Dec '16 3:14:51 PM Mdumas43073
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* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Nicholson is visibly irritated by the sunlight, when the medic comes to visit him in his PunishmentBox.

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* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Nicholson is visibly irritated by the sunlight, sunlight when the medic Clipton comes to visit him in his PunishmentBox.
20th Dec '16 3:12:28 PM Mdumas43073
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* NoNameGiven: We never do learn what Shears' real name is.

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* NoNameGiven: We never do learn what Shears' Shears's real name is.
20th Dec '16 3:08:09 PM Mdumas43073
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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 Creator/DavidLean 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 Oscars, including best actor for Creator/AlecGuinness, best director for Creator/DavidLean, 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 Brit--including those at the time - for time--for a set of lyrics to the tune about the lack of genitalia of certain senior Nazis).[[note]] Director Creator/DavidLean 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 Oscars, including best actor for Creator/AlecGuinness, best director for Creator/DavidLean, and best picture.
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