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Return from the River Kwai (1989) Poster

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When this film was released in the United Kingdom, the movie carried a legal warning and disclaimer that it was not in any way related to or a sequel to the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
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This film was not released in the USA in cinemas because of legal reasons.
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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.
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Brazil Maru was a 5,860-ton cargo ship, completed in 1919. Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) as a troop transport in October 1941. Just over 4 months after the events in this movie takes place, near the Inland Sea of Japan, the BRAZIL MARU strikes a mine about 1.5 miles off the Wada-misaki lighthouse and sinks near Kobe, Shikoku on May 25, 1945.
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Director Andrew V. McLaglen made another forgotten sequel to a popular WW2 war movie. His movie Breakthrough (1979) is an actual sequel to Sam Peckinpah's Cross of Iron (1977).
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The film's opening prologue states: "In February 1945, planes from the 493rd Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps bombed and destroyed the bridges on the River Kwai in Japanese-occupied Thailand. This film is based on the true events which happened during that period."
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Anthony Andrews was earmarked for the Edward Fox part
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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).
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This movie was made about thirty one years after The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
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This film is not based on the novel 'Le pont de la rivière Kwaï' ("The Bridge on the River Kwai") by Pierre Boulle.
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Ben Kingsley turned down the role of Lt. Commander Hunt.
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