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Return from the River Kwai (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 14 April 1989 (UK)
A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Joan Blair (book), Clay Blair Jr. (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Seaman Miller
Nick Tate ... Lt. Commander Hunt
George Takei ... Lieutenant Tanaka
Edward Fox ... Major Benford
Paul Holm 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 Anna Maria Tirol ... Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco Andres Tepongco ... Anon
Masato Nagamori Masato Nagamori ... Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon Pierre Valderon ... Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson Patricia Edmondson ... Lady in Saigon
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Storyline

A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that some of the prisoners must be executed. Just in time major Harada arrives with orders that the healthiest prisoners must be transported to Japan by train and boat. A treacherous journey since the allied forces keep a close eye on railroads and practically own the seas. The prisoners are thinking of plans to escape. Meanwhile the American bomber has been shot down and its pilot, Leyland Crawford, is being rescued by the indigenous people, the Meo. The Meo have formed a resistance group against the Japanese, led by the British colonel Grayson. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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War brings out either the best or the worst in men.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso del río Kwai See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaysia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo in selected theatres)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Andrews was earmarked for the Edward Fox part See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranged by Lalo Schifrin
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Quite silly
14 November 2001 | by martin_humbleSee all my reviews

This World War 2 drama do not succeed in almost anything.The story is set in 1945, Americans and English are situated as prisoners at a Japanese POW camp at the river Kwai in Thailand. They are ordered to transfer to Japan. Can they escape before they reach Japan?

Edward Fox is good as usual and so are many of the supporting actors but this is no use when Christopher Penn massacre the movie with real bad acting. The manuscript is full with flaws and most of the Japanese soldiers are pictured as stereotype as usual. Some parts is amusing or exciting but not enough to help this film. I cannot recommend it at all.


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