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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 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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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.

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Drama | War

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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). See more »

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Absolutely no relation to "Bridge on the River Qwai" except to cash in 20 years down the road
24 May 2008 | by hippyhorn69-1See all my reviews

A very average little war movie with no relation to the original "Bridge on the River Kwai" other than in name and a brief bit at the start. It's just a pure latter-day cash-in on the name of the original in fact.

The cinematography is decent and the colours are very good. A few sparklies are evident in the very dark scenes but with a decent sound free from any unwanted hiss or crackle the overall quality is pretty good.

As a bonus I found a few nice pseudo-surround effects using my Yamaha digital sound projector so I can't complain about anything other than the story.

Oh it's not quite family viewing by the way, containing as it does a few "bastards" and one "piss off" (for which the orator was beheaded with a sword by the Japanese officer to whom the remark was addressed).

My aged parents with whom I watched it on one of their weekly visits were not impressed though I thought it was an absolute hoot.

I nearly forgot to mention that there is a serious anomaly about 47 minutes into the film (which I'll submit for inclusion on the database).

The POWs are travelling by a rather ancient and decrepit train along a single-track equally decrepit jungle railway to their destination, housed in horrid old wooden box-car like trucks. At this mid-point we see a view of the train with colourful contemporary main-line passenger coaches, which look rather nice and comfortable and are certainly not made of wood. The film then reverts to the wooden box cars.


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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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby (as Dolby Stereo in selected theatres)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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