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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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Mickey Mouse creeps to the Kwai See more (15 total) »

Cast

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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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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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This movie is not an official sequel to The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). It does supposedly follow-on from historical events as depicted in that film but the characters in both films are basically different.See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Mickey Mouse creeps to the Kwai, 16 November 2012
Author: drystyx from United States

If the old guard and war purists thought the epic Guiness-Holden-Hawkins war film was unreal, they'd reconsider that film as being totally credible when compared to this.

One wouldn't think that a film made in 1989 would be devoid of realism in war. The seventies preached "realism", though refused to deliver it, instead trying to con audiences with tawdry, depressing scenes just to be under budget, then claim it was "realism". Nope, Then the eighties came, and producers couldn't get away from the heckling of the literate public, who saw through their con jobs.

However, "Reality" in war was still preached, only now not as contrived for bullets to find only likable characters.

Which makes this Mickey Mouse adventure a puzzle, and makes it even more embarrassing. By 1989, I guarantee you that three out of four people knew the POWs in Japanese camps were beyond malnutrition, and incapable of swinging an axe, let alone taking a knife and thrusting it into guard.

Overcoming Japanese soldiers is so rampant here, that it borders on comedy. True, in "Bataan" American soldiers led by Robert Taylor made a mockery of the enemy, but old timers form the era told me that it wasn't far off the truth, because American soldiers were nourished and strong, and of the Japanese, only the leading Samurai got more than a handful of rice a day. The Japanese soldier was weak from severe hunger.

However, while the soldier was weak from hunger, and mean from hunger, he wasn't in the horrid condition the POW was in.

This movie has POWs that make the POWs in Lean's epic look like skin and bones.

That said, a movie can still be "watchable". This one is slightly "watchable", but don't expect much. In the end, it's pretty much a waste of time, but it doesn't leave you depressed. Just look at it as Bugs Bunny outwitting Elmer Fudd again, or Mickey Mouse squeaking along at the river Kwai.

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