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Return from the River Kwai ()


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A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan.

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Seaman Miller
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Lt. Commander Hunt
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Lieutenant Tanaka
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Major Benford
Paul Holm ...
Benford's Patient
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Lieutenant Crawford (as Christopher Penn)
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Boonrod
Richard Graham ...
Sergeant Perry
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Major Harada
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Colonel Grayson
Anna Maria Tirol ...
Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco ...
Anon
Masato Nagamori ...
Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon ...
Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson ...
Lady in Saigon
Sheila McLaglen ...
Lady in Saigon
Lolita Mirpuri ...
Lady in Saigon
Simplicio Cahilig ...
Old Vietnamese Man
Sachiko Inoue ...
Japanese Mother
Ryusuke Inoue ...
Japanese Boy
Jimmy Guerrero ...
Japanese Businessman
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Captain Ozawa
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Commander Davidson
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Exec. Officer Clancy
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Radio Man in submarine
Motoko Kobayashi ...
Japanese Soldier
Masachi Tomori ...
Japanese Soldier
Koji Kato ...
Japanese Soldier
Kashinobu Shibata ...
Japanese Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders Carlsson ...
British POW / soldier (uncredited)
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POW (uncredited)
James McKenzie ...
POW (uncredited)
Berto Spoor ...
Benford's Soldiers (uncredited)

Directed by

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Andrew V. McLaglen

Written by

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Joan Blair ... (book "Return from the River Kwai") and
Clay Blair Jr. ... (book "Return from the River Kwai")
 
Sargon Tamimi ... (screenplay) and
Paul Mayersberg ... (screenplay)

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Daniel Unger ... executive producer
Kurt Unger ... producer

Music by

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Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

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Arthur Wooster ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Alan Strachan

Production Design by

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Michael Stringer

Production Management

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Clive Challis ... production manager
Joey Romero ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James Devis ... second unit director
Christopher Newman ... first assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Rose Singson ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Saul Bass ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Pat Brennan ... assistant sound editor
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Trent ... footsteps editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nigel Williams ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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James Devis ... second unit cameraman / director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Frift ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)

Music Department

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Kitarô ... composer: Japanese theme (as Kitaro) / producer: Japanese theme (as Kitaro)
Bruno Lambert ... music engineer
Orchestre de Paris ... orchestra (as The Paris Philharmonic Orchestra)
Lalo Schifrin ... conductor / orchestrator

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David Kerney ... production accountant
Jane Aguirre ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Renée Glynne ... continuity (uncredited)
Biljana Mirkovic ... trainee (uncredited)

Thanks

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Claude Hudson ... in memorium
Hide Matsunaga ... special thanks
George Takei ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Retour de la rivière Kwaï (France)
  • El regreso del río Kwai (Spain)
  • Regresso ao Rio Kwai (Portugal)
  • Zurück vom River Kwai (West Germany)
  • Flugten fra River Kwai (Denmark)
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  • 101 min
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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). See more »
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