History Film / TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai

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.
1st Apr '17 10:08:21 AM AnotherGuy
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone. The ending, word-for-word minus the "my God" part.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone. The ending, word-for-word minus the "my God" part.[[note]]The answer? "Madness! Madness!"[[/note]]
26th Feb '17 4:37:41 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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26th Feb '17 4:35:54 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* TheAlkatraz: The prison camp was allegedly inescapable due to its remote location deep in the Burmese jungle. Naturally, this was proved incorrect.

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* TheAlkatraz: TheAlcatraz: The prison camp was allegedly inescapable due to its remote location deep in the Burmese jungle. Naturally, this was proved incorrect.
22nd Feb '17 8:12:14 AM LentilSandEater
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** In fairness, Boulle himself had served as a POW in Southeast Asia and based Nicholson on several French officers he'd served with. This doesn't explain, of course, why he made the book's characters British in the first place.

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** %%** In fairness, Boulle himself had served as a POW in Southeast Asia and based Nicholson on several French officers he'd served with. This doesn't explain, of course, why he made the book's characters British in the first place.
22nd Feb '17 8:10:36 AM LentilSandEater
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&& It could be argued that the Japanese have confiscated the rifles from the British [=POWs=] after seizing Singapore and Hong Kong.
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