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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Joan Blair (book) and
Clay Blair Jr. (book) ...
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Release Date:
13 July 1989 (West Germany) See more »
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A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Bottoms ... Seaman Miller

Nick Tate ... Lt. Commander Hunt

George Takei ... Lieutenant Tanaka

Edward Fox ... Major Benford
Paul Holm ... Benford's Patient

Chris Penn ... Lieutenant Crawford (as Christopher Penn)
Ronnie Lazaro ... Boonrod
Richard Graham ... Sergeant Perry

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Major Harada

Denholm Elliott ... Colonel Grayson
Anna Maria Tirol ... Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco ... Anon
Masato Nagamori ... Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon ... Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson ... Lady in Saigon
Sheila McLaglen ... Lady in Saigon
Lolita Mirpuri ... Lady in Saigon
Simplicio Cahilig ... Old Vietnamese Man
Sachiko Inoue ... Japanese Mother
Ryusuke Inoue ... Japanese Boy
Jimmy Guerrero ... Japanese Businessman
Etsushi Takahashi ... Captain Ozawa

Michael Dante ... Commander Davidson

Alexander Blaise ... Exec. Officer Clancy (also as Alexandre Blaise also) (as Blaise Alexandre)

Michael Kostroff ... Radio Man in submarine
Motoko Kobayashi ... Japanese Soldier
Masachi Tomori ... Japanese Soldier
Koji Kato ... Japanese Soldier
Kashinobu Shibata ... Japanese Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders Carlsson ... British POW / soldier (uncredited)
Eric Hahn ... POW (uncredited)
James McKenzie ... POW (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joan Blair (book "Return from the River Kwai") and
Clay Blair Jr. (book "Return from the River Kwai")

Sargon Tamimi (screenplay) and
Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Daniel Unger .... executive producer
Kurt Unger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Wooster (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
 
Production Management
Clive Challis .... production manager
Joey Romero .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Devis .... second unit director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Rose Singson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Trent .... footsteps editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nigel Williams .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Devis .... second unit cameraman
James Devis .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Frift .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kitarô .... composer: Japanese theme (as Kitaro)
 
Other crew
David Kerney .... production accountant
Renée Glynne .... continuity (uncredited)
Biljana Mirkovic .... trainee (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Claude Hudson .... in memorium
Hide Matsunaga .... special thanks
George Takei .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
101 min | Spain:97 min
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Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | UK:15 (video rating) (1989) (1999) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)
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The movie is set in 1945 but here are some facts from the ship. Brazil Maru, a 12,752-ton troop transport, was completed in 1939 as a civilian passenger liner. Requisitioned in 1941, she a served as a transport during the first months of the Pacific war. Brazil Maru was torpedoed and sunk by USS Greenling (SS-213) near Truk on 5 August 1942.See more »
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6 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Shameful waste of cinema resources, 17 August 2002
Author: rayxt from London

Good money and talent squandered in badly scripted, acted and directed action. To even call this nonsense anything to do with the 'River Kwai' shames the original film and dishonors the memory of the atrocities which occured trying to build the ill-fated Burma Railway.

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