History Film / TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai

21st Aug '16 8:45:04 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but most 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 most 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.]]
21st Aug '16 8:41:20 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the build up to Col Saito giving the order to have Col Nicholson and his officers executed you can see a visibly-worried look on Lt Miura's face.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the build up to Col Col. Saito giving the order to have Col Col. Nicholson and his officers executed you can see a visibly-worried look on Lt Miura's face.



* InstantDeathBullet: The first prisoners who gets shot during his escape attempt, fall down and is dead on the spot.

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* InstantDeathBullet: The first prisoners prisoner who gets shot during his escape attempt, fall falls down and is dead on the spot.
9th Jul '16 10:12:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* DeadlyEnvironmentPrison: The film is set at a POWCamp deep into the Burmese jungle. The camp has no fence to prevent escape because, as the Japanese commander puts it: "If the wardens don't kill you, the jungle will." [[TemptingFate Of course]], he is proven wrong.
17th Apr '16 2:06:35 AM Mdumas43073
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This film is either a true tragedy or the blackest of {{black comedy}}.
19th Mar '16 4:17:18 PM eroock
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* 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.

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* 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]]
13th Mar '16 10:54:10 AM eroock
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* FatalFamilyPhoto: The Japanese soldier that Warden kills with his knife is shown lying dead on the ground with a photo of a young woman beside him.


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* PersonalEffectsReveal: The Japanese soldier that Warden kills with his knife is shown lying dead on the ground with a photo of a young woman beside him.
2nd Feb '16 6:18:06 AM TheDoctor1996
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1st Jan '16 3:10:54 PM TrollBrutal
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* MightyWhitey: Let the English show the Japanese how to properly build a bridge.
1st Jan '16 3:04:36 PM mray
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*EvenEvilHasStandards: In the build up to Col Saito giving the order to have Col Nicholson and his officers executed you can see a visibly-worried look on Lt Miura's face.
30th Dec '15 9:43:04 AM StFan
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* FascistButInefficient: Saito and his soldiers are good at punishment, but are awful at structural engineering. Even if they could have pushed the POWs into completing the bridge, their original design was doomed from the start because ''it was sinking into soft soil''. Nicholson and his fellow officers are able to build a much sturdier bridge, with knowledge as much with inspiring their soldiers.

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* FascistButInefficient: Saito and his soldiers are good at punishment, but are awful at structural engineering. Even if they could have pushed the POWs [=POWs=] into completing the bridge, their original design was doomed from the start because ''it was sinking into soft soil''. Nicholson and his fellow officers are able to build a much sturdier bridge, with knowledge as much with inspiring their soldiers.
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