— Mostly Aussies, some Lime, some British, Indians, Burmese, Siamese… They died, of malaria, dysentery, beriberi, gangrene. Other causes of death: famine, overwork, bullet wounds, snake bites, Saito. And then there were some who just got tired of living.
David Lean’s WWII epic shies away from the traditional skirmishes one would expect to find in a war film to instead tell the story of a psychological battle waged by two men […]. Large in scope, and with an intensely exciting climactic scene, The Bridge on the River Kwai is a rare war story in that honor, as opposed to victory, is seen as the ultimate prize. — Dave