History Film / TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai

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.
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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* 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.]]
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