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Return from the River Kwai (1989)

PG-13 | | War, Drama | 14 April 1989 (UK)
A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan.

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Seaman Miller
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Lt. Commander Hunt
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Lieutenant Tanaka
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Paul Holm ...
Benford's Patient
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Lieutenant Crawford (as Christopher Penn)
Ronnie Lazaro ...
Boonrod
Richard Graham ...
Sergeant Perry
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Colonel Grayson
Anna Maria Tirol ...
Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco ...
Anon
Masato Nagamori ...
Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon ...
Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson ...
Lady in Saigon
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A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that some of the prisoners must be executed. Just in time major Harada arrives with orders that the healthiest prisoners must be transported to Japan by train and boat. A treacherous journey since the allied forces keep a close eye on railroads and practically own the seas. The prisoners are thinking of plans to escape. Meanwhile the American bomber has been shot down and its pilot, Leyland Crawford, is being rescued by the indigenous people, the Meo. The Meo have formed a resistance group against the Japanese, led by the British colonel Grayson. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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El regreso del río Kwai  »

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This film appears to be a sequel to The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) but it is not. It does however cover the same subject matter including the Burma-Thailand Death Railway. The film also covers the period after The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). See more »

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Unrealistic Mediocrity
21 February 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Return from the River Kwai" is a war movie that abuses of bad clichés and is disrespectful with films such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai" or "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence". The unrealistic story shows, for example, an American pilot with problem on the shoulder that is capable to climb, flee from a prisoner of war camp using a rope made from clothes or roll over the wing of a Japanese airplane. Another example is the soldier that spits blood on the face of a cruel Japanese lieutenant and is surprised when he takes his saber to decapitate him, recalling "Hogan's Heroes". The story is awful and a waste of time. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Regresso do Rio Kwai" ("Return from the River Kwai")


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