History Film / TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai

2nd Feb '16 6:18:06 AM TheDoctor1996
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1st Jan '16 3:10:54 PM TrollBrutal
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It's not an example because the Japanese are not natives of Burma, just a foreign power like the British. They are somewhat equals, trope-wise.
* 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.
5th Dec '15 8:09:54 AM AllenbysEyes
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* AdaptationalNationality: Shears is British in the book, didn't escape from the prison camp, and isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos. He was changed to American to accommodate to William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]].
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* AdaptationalNationality: Shears is British in the book, didn't doesn't escape from the prison camp, and [[FlatCharacter isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos. commandos]]. He was changed to American to accommodate to William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]]. A great example of TropesAreNotBad.
5th Dec '15 8:08:00 AM AllenbysEyes
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Shears was in the novel, as was the commando storyline. It's just handled differently, hence the adaptational nationality change.
* AdaptationExpansion: The entire Shears storyline was created for the film to provide more action and a part for a bankable American actor. It works.
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* AdaptationExpansion: The entire AdaptationalNationality: Shears storyline is British in the book, didn't escape from the prison camp, and isn't especially distinct from Warden or the other commandos. He was created for the film changed to provide more action and a part for a bankable American actor. It works.to accommodate to William Holden's casting, and [[AdaptationalExpansion given a larger role to boot]].
29th Nov '15 12:05:50 AM Boggs
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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: Warden is the only character to survive the film's climax, as Clipton watches it unfold helplessly from afar.]]
29th Nov '15 12:03:08 AM Boggs
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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but most everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, nobody really cares. 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 everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, simply nobody really cares.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.]]
28th Nov '15 11:59:54 PM Boggs
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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but most everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, nobody really cares. 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 that actually matters, to the point of being an unambiguous DownerEnding.]]
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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but most everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, nobody really cares. 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 that the bridge's destruction actually matters, to the point of being an unambiguous DownerEnding.]]
28th Nov '15 11:58:04 PM Boggs
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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but most everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, nobody, not even Warden, seems to think it even matters 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 that actually matters, to the point of being an unambiguous DownerEnding.]]
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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The bridge is destroyed, but most everybody dies to make it happen and, in the end, nobody, not even Warden, seems to think it even matters anymore.nobody really cares. 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 that actually matters, to the point of being an unambiguous DownerEnding.]]
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