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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Joan Blair (book) and
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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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Nothing for David Lean to have lost any sleep over See more (15 total) »

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)

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 | South Korea:15 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:All (theatrical rating) | 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 was made about thirty one years after The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).See more »
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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nothing for David Lean to have lost any sleep over, 23 June 2008
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

When it played originally in the UK, Return From the River Kwai carried a legal disclaimer that the film was in no way related to or a sequel to The Bridge On the River Kwai, to which the only response is "No s***, Sherlock." Where Lean had Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa, Andrew V. McLaglen has to make do with Edward Fox, Christopher Penn, Denholm Elliott and George Takei, which should tip you off what to expect. It has a good enough true story to tell – no bridge building this time, but the eventful journey of Allied P.O.W.s being sent to Japan as forced labor as the war neared its end – but while bridges and ships are blown up, planes crash and there are hundreds of extras, it all has a perfunctory feel to it and a lack of vision. Sargon Tamimi and Paul Mayersberg's script tends to be surprisingly repetitive too. It's the kind of film where a character says "We're coming into Phnom Penh," followed by a shot of a train passing a sign reading 'Phnom Penh, followed by another character saying "We can't stay long in Phnom Penh," just in case anyone missed the fact that they're in Phnom Pen… While Fawxx reigns in his self-parodic tendencies for once without ever being particularly good, Elliot is especially disastrously miscast as a commando leading local guerrilla forces. Blinking wildly every time he fires a gun, it's like someone hired the local vicar to play Rambo in the village fete. The Japanese characters naturally come off worse. Tatsuta Nakadai's alcoholic commander fares well enough in his few Japanese scenes but his inability to speak English results in him awkwardly delivering many of his lines in clumsy phonetic Ing-leesh, though he's easily outdone by Takei's abysmal pantomime villain performance as his sadistic second in command that's straight out of a bad WW2 propaganda film (as is Lalo Schifrin's heavy-handed score). While it all plays rather better on the small screen than it did on the big one, it's one of those films you really don't need to see. Shot with one eye firmly on the late 80s video market boom and never released in the US in any form, it's no surprise to see this being given away as another UK newspaper freebie.

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