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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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Anthony Andrews was earmarked for the Edward Fox part
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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.
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This film was not released in the USA in cinemas because of legal reasons.
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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 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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When this film was released in the United Kingdom, the movie carried a legal warning and disclaimer that it was not in no way related to or a sequel to the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
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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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'Halliwell's Film, Video & DVD Guide' states that this movie " . . . has no connection, other than its title, with 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'."
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