The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Poster


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Edited into 

The Geisha Boy (1958)
A clip of Alec Guinness is cut into the film as Gilbert Wooley (Jerry Lewis) watches the workers building an ornamental bridge


The General (1926)
The train crash at the end uncannily mirrors the finale from Buster Keaton's The General.
Citizen Kane (1941)
A man obsessed with building something forgets the true sense of it.

Referenced in 

What's My Line?: Episode dated 1 December 1957 (1957) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 March 1958 (1958) (TV Episode)
Bennett Cerf mentions this film.
Les Cousins (1959)
The Jack Benny Hour (1959) (TV Special)
Jack mentions the film in a rant about Academy Award winners.
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: Lucy's Summer Vacation (1959) (TV Episode)
When Lucy expresses frustration at not being able to reach an island by boat, Ida says "How do you expect us to get over there, have Alec Guinness build us a bridge?"
Bachelor Father: Hilda the Jewel (1960) (TV Episode)
After Hilda assigns several chores to Peter, he complains that when he gets done she'll want him to build a bridge over the River Kwai.
The Jack Benny Program: Main Street Shelter (1961) (TV Episode)
Theme music played while The Beavers approach Jack's home.
Hancock: The Lift (1961) (TV Episode)
Hancock says that he is not Alec Guinness, just prior to leading the others in whistling the 'Colonel Bogey March'.
Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.20 (1961) (TV Episode)
Raoul Lévy mentions the film
Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962)
Soldiers whistle the title tune as they march out of the cave
Irma la Douce (1963)
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Third One from the Left (1964) (TV Episode)
Sally refers to she and Buddy constantly having to leave the office as a march on the river Kwai
You Must Be Joking! (1965)
The whistling theme from the film plays at the end of the movie.
What's My Line?: Episode dated 30 January 1966 (1966) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in connection with Mystery Guest Sam Spiegel.
Hogan's Heroes: The Pizza Parlor (1966) (TV Episode)
In a homage to the movie, the prisoners march into camp whilst whistling the theme song.
The Beatles: I Feel Fine/Hold Me Tight (1966) (TV Episode)
Among the movie themes mentioned by Dick Dashing in first cartoon.
Arabesque (1966)
Gregory Peck mentions the movie when they are crawling on the brigde at the end of the movie!
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The scene with Blondie and Tuco, mistaken for prisoners of war, being marched into the Union prison camp is reminiscent of the Col. Bogey March sequence. Also, both movies have a scene with a bridge being destroyed.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Pike's line "I wouldn't have it any other way" is taken from this film.
Bed & Board (1970)
When discussing which tune to play to let Antoine know that Christine's student has left, one suggestion is 'River Kwai'.
Musik, Musik - da wackelt die Penne (1970)
The student are march to the school as a protest, while whistling a tune, just like the soldiers whistling the "River Kwai"-March in the earlier movie
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Scott of the Antarctic (1970) (TV Episode)
In the "Scott of the Sahara"-Trailer it says: "From the team that brought you 'Lawrence of Glenmorgan' and 'Bridge Over the River Trent'..."
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
On the street there is a musician playing Colonel Bogey's theme from the Bridge on the River Kwai on an accordion.
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
John Hay says, regarding President Roosevelt's use of force in Morocco: "Madness! Madness! Utter madness!"
Lemon Popsicle (1978)
mentioned at the theater
The Shining (1980)
"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy" is a line spoken by Colonel Saito in the aforementioned film.
Magnum, P.I.: Did You See the Sun Rise? (1982) (TV Episode)
The matchstick bridge model Higgins is building is a version of the bridge built by British POWs in this movie, and Higgins claims to have been part of the army unit that built the real bridge the movie is based on. Magnum blowing up the model bridge also mirrors the end of the movie.
The A-Team: Diamonds 'n Dust (1983) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Murdock and Face
Emu's World: Episode #5.3 (1984) (TV Episode)
The Pink Windmill Kids whistle the Colonel Bogey March
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
A shot of the sky filled with bats pays homage to a similar scene in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Zeg 'ns Aaa: Tot de rand gevuld (1984) (TV Episode)
The boys whistle Colonel Bogey's march as they go off fishing
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club whistle 'Colonel Bogey'.
The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) (TV Special)
Short Circuit (1986)
Johnny 5 whistles the theme song.
Knots Landing: Parental Guidance (1987) (TV Episode)
Ben compares himself to Alec Guinness's character Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1989) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Crow
Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989) (Video)
Mentioned in the song
The Simpsons: The Telltale Head (1990) (TV Episode)
the line "What have I done?"
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) (Short)
"We saw all the great war movies" (one of the list)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel and the Bots whistle the 'Colonel Bogey March'"
The Simpsons: Stark Raving Dad (1991) (TV Episode)
Bart makes up a song to the tune of "Colonel Bogey's March."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "It's 'Bridge on the River Kwai' over there."
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
The welcome speech that Kirk, McCoy, and the others receive on arriving on Rura Penthe is an homage to the speech made by Colonel Saito to the British POW's.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Civil Wars (1992) (TV Episode)
The "Colonel Bogey March" plays as Jerry moves his things into Parker's home.
Mad About You: The Unplanned Child (1993) (TV Episode)
Dutch whistles the theme
Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) (TV Episode)
Seen on video store shelf in 'Video Review'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Bridge on the River Wow"
The Little Rascals (1994)
The marching band plays the "Colonel Bogey March."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Colossus and the Headhunters (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow, Mike, and Tom whistle "Colonel Bogey's March."
Friends: The One with All the Poker (1995) (TV Episode)
The gang whistles the theme
The Red Green Show: Men's Night on the Mountain (1995) (TV Episode)
Edgar claims that an example of an educational movie is this one, when the bridge blew up and the train crashed into the river
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) (TV Movie)
Dinnerladies: Monday (1998) (TV Episode)
Bren mentions the movie by name.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
Conan O'Brien says, "What have I done?"
The Last Picture Show: A Look Back (1999) (Video)
mentioned once
One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)
Mentioned in the closing credits as one of the movies Michael Wilson went on to work in.
Recess: School's Out (2001)
Theme song is played on kazoo during "military preperations"
Commandos 2: Men of Courage (2001) (Video Game)
Mission 5: The Bridge over the River Kwai, where the player must blow up the bridge.
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kevin Costner.
The Wire: The Target (2002) (TV Episode)
McNulty mentions the film
Open Hearts (2002)
Farscape: Mental as Anything (2003) (TV Episode)
While a prisoner, Crichton whistles the Colonel Bogey March made popular by the POWs in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Murphy's Law: Electric Bill (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Murphy's list of prison films (sub-genre: escape films).
Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Something to Do with Death (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004) (Video)
Mentioned by narrator and a still image from the movie is shown.
Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004) (Video Game)
At the end of the Konquest Mode, Shujinko asks himself "What have I done?" like Col. Nicholson did.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Title parodied in one of Bilzarbra's conversations.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Para-Medic mentions this film during a conversation with Snake after you save.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Au Revoir: Part 2 (2004) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
"We saw all the great war movies" (one of the list)
Film Geek (2005)
DVD is shown in a video store.
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the films on the list
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Colonel Boogie March is hummed by Mr. Wonka's bike-messengers
Heist: Ladies and Gentlemen... Sweaty Dynamite (2006) (TV Episode)
Pops claims he played an army officer in the film.
Neighbours: Bridge Over the River Lie (2006) (TV Episode)
paraphrases the title, except the fifth word
Gilmore Girls: That's What You Get, Folks, for Makin' Whoopee (2006) (TV Episode)
Lorelai lists it as one of the films she and Rory can watch during their Asia-themed party.
Lost: Catch-22 (2007) (TV Episode)
Desmond, Charlie, Hurley, and Jin whistle the "Colonel Bogey March" as they march across the beach
Panel Quiz Attack 25: Episode dated 17 June 2007 (2007) (TV Episode)
referenced by name.
I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
Poster is shown in a theater.
Sands of Oblivion (2007) (TV Movie)
mentioned in dialogue
BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) (TV Episode)
Playing March & showing clips
Tous à l'Ouest: Une aventure de Lucky Luke (2007)
Colonel Bogey March is whistled when we first see the bridge to California
Blue Murder: Crisis Management (2007) (TV Episode)
Butchers wants to watch the video in the dorm
Midsomer Murders: Shot at Dawn (2008) (TV Episode)
The soldiers whistle the "Colonel Bogey March"
Casting a Classic (2008) (Video)
Referenced during a discussion of the work of David Lean and Alec Guinness.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Bridge detonation sequence
An American Carol (2008)
My god, what have I done
Warten auf Angelina (2008)
Dialogue while drinking beer and waiting for the pizza
Afstiros katallilo (2008)
Mentioned in a dialogue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.44 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $50,000 question
BackTracker (2009) (Short)
The Narrator rant mentions the death railway and the Alec Guiness film
Mad Men: The Fog (2009) (TV Episode)
Lane mentions the movie by name.
QI: Green (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jeremy when the Colonel Bogey March is played
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The description of the things that will get toys put in "the box" is quoted almost verbatim.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Zombie Town (2010) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of December/January
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Titanic - 1ª Edición (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of DVD releases of January/February
The Cleveland Show: Escape from Goochland (2012) (TV Episode)
Cleveland tells Chet, "Welcome to the Bridge on the River 'Die'."
Peep Show: Big Mad Andy (2012) (TV Episode)
Mark says he feels like Alec Guinness at the end of this ("What have I done?").
Parks and Recreation: Emergency Response (2013) (TV Episode)
Ron says, "I've seen three movies in my life: 'Bridge on the River Kwai,' 'Patton,' and 'Herbie: Fully Loaded.'"
Psych: Lassie Jerky (2013) (TV Episode)
Lassiter says, "It's like we're in 'The Bridge on the River Kwai,' but you get to be Bill Holden."
Gone Home (2013) (Video Game)
A recorded VHS tape of this movie is seen in Katie's parents' room.
Blue Bloods: The Truth About Lying (2013) (TV Episode)
Commissioner Reagan discusses the film with the department's new inspector general
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
mentioned regarding its Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay (during the blacklist era)
Top Gear: Burma Special: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Jeremy Clarkson.
The Story of the Swimmer (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
Top Gear: Burma Special: Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Jeremy Clarkson.
TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014) (TV Movie)
mentioned in Cloris Leachman's "Guest Programmer" clips, stills shown
On a marché sur Bangkok (2014)
The protagonists are looking for a bridge to cross the Kwai river
23. Ceský lev (2016) (TV Special)
Referenced by acapella band Skety.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Yongary (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "This is the original ending to 'Bridge on the River Kwai.'"
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Filmmaker Matt Reeves said this film was an inspiration for the film, particular the relationship between Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) and Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa).
Queers: Missing Alice (2017) (TV Episode)
Alice mentions watching the movie.
Rick and Morty: Morty's Mind Blowers (2017) (TV Episode)
Morty is whistling the song "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball," as he is being followed by the squirrels.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Episode #1.2 (2017) (TV Episode)
Film discussed and bridge visited.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
One of the main inspirations for this film according to director Rian Johnson.
Growing Apart (2017) (Short)
The novel is visible on Loa's nightstand. Her final line is the same said by Alec Guinness.
Dabing Street: Zenské zbrane (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.

Featured in 

The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant (1958) (Short)
clips included
Pasternak (1965) (Short)
Moscow in Madrid (1965) (Short)
The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) (TV Special)
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) (TV Special)
The South Bank Show: Sir Alec Guinness (1985) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
I Love You to Death (1990)
Joey Boca watches the film on TV
Christmas on Division Street (1991) (TV Movie)
Fred Savage's character watches it on TV.
The Pickle (1993)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #13 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #58 on the list.
Les portes de la gloire (2001)
seen several times on TV
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
Kingdom Hospital: The West Side of Midnight (2004) (TV Episode)
Seen on a TV set at the hospital at the start of the episode.
Sniper 3 (2004) (Video)
On the television in Beckett's hotel room.
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 33
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
Pucker Up (2005)
illustrates whistling in the face of fear
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Slanted Screen (2006)
War Stories (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #14 on the list.
Walking Tall: The Payback (2007) (Video)
bad guys watch it on TV
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #36 on the list.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
Getaway: Episode #17.34 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown when a story on Kanchanaburi, Thailand visits the bridge of its title.
Justified: Hatless (2010) (TV Episode)
playing on TV in bar
Parks and Recreation: Eagleton (2011) (TV Episode)
Ron watches "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011) (TV Movie)
Jesse Stone is watching the end scene on TV
Breaking Bad: Crawl Space (2011) (TV Episode)
Hector is seen watching this movie on TV in his nursing home.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
a clip from the film is shown
The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 10 in the Countdown
Al Murray's Great British War Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage

Spoofed in 

The Geisha Boy (1958)
Mr. Sikita (Sessue Hayakawa) is shown observing the construction of a minature version of the bridge while the workers whistle The Bridge on the River Kwai theme song
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Aah, Yer Fadder Wears Army Shoes (1961) (TV Episode)
Flashback scene of a tall tale spun by Dobie, in which his father escapes from a Japanese POW camp and blows up the bridge.
Beetle Bailey: Bridge on the River 'Y' (1963) (TV Episode)
title spoof
How I Won the War (1967)
The melody ("Colonel Bogey March") of "The Bridge on the River Kwai" is used in a satirical context.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Setting dynamite for blowing up the bridge.
Sanford and Son: Sergeant Gork (1976) (TV Episode)
This film is among those spoofed in this episode.
Take Off (1978)
soldiers whistle the famous song from the movie while working under a little stone bridge
Caveman (1981)
Volunteers (1985)
Spaceballs (1987)
The Dinks melody is from the Colonel Bogey March, which is prominently featured as a march in Bridge on the River Kwai (featuring Alec Guinness, who was of course also Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars).
The Wayne and Shuster Years (1991) (TV Movie)
their famous spoof of this film is used to show how they liked to spoof old movies
Chicken Run (2000)

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