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The Making of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (2000)

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Documentary about the making of the classic WWII film.


Laurent Bouzereau


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Cast overview:
Adrian Turner Adrian Turner ... Himself, film historian
Norman Spencer Norman Spencer ... Himself, associate to David Lean
Pamela Mann Pamela Mann ... Herself, assistant to David Lean (as Pamela Mann Francis)
William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Newbrook Peter Newbrook ... Himself
Teddy Darvas Teddy Darvas ... Himself
Alec Guinness ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald M. Ashton Donald M. Ashton ... Himself
Keith Best Keith Best ... Himself, engineer
Jack Hildyard Jack Hildyard ... Himself (archive footage)
Eddie Fowlie Eddie Fowlie ... Himself


This documentary, included with the film's DVD release treats movie fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Bridge on the River Kwai, about the determination of a group of British soldiers in a Japanese POW camp to maintain their dignity and spirit, even in the face of soul-crushing adversity. Includes archived footage of the cast and crew at work, and shows much of the efforts that were requried to make this piece of film history a reality. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Limited Edition 2-disc DVD for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), released in 2000. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 22-minute "edited-for-television" version, ©2010, first aired on the Turner Classic Movies cable channel at 12:03am (eastern time) on 6 November 2010. It was broadcast in conjunction with the film's release in Blu-ray Disc format on 2 November 2010. See more »


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Decent but not exceptional.
3 February 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary about the making of "Bridge on the River Kwai" is included on a supplementary disc of the feature film. I've seen quite a few of these making of films and I felt very underwhelmed by this one. It isn't bad--it just isn't all that interesting or insightful. Now this can't all be blamed on this being an older film, as in some cases much older movies have superior making of featurettes (such as "Gone With the Wind"). It also didn't help that none of the actors from the film were in the documentary.

So what great insights are there in the film? Well, other than learning that Hayakawa REALLY was crying in the film as well as why, I didn't take all that much from the movie. There also was a very mildly interesting portion about the filming of the final climactic explosion. But for fans of the original film, I just didn't see enough to merit their paying for the two-disc set--the extras just weren't all that extra.

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