The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

A Good Life

In a moment of introspection, Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) reflects on his twenty-eight year career in the military.

Directed by David Lean.

Released in 1957 by Sony.

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  • character-type: Military Officer
  • action: Listen
  • action: Drop
  • editors-choice: Monologues
  • editors-choice: Male Performances
  • primary-genre: Classics
  • primary-genre: Action and Adventure
  • primary-genre: Drama
  • primary-genre: Foreign
  • secondary-genre: Dramas Based on Classic Literature
  • secondary-genre: Classic War Stories
  • secondary-genre: Classics
  • secondary-genre: Classic Dramas
  • secondary-genre: Classic Action & Adventure
  • secondary-genre: Military & War Dramas
  • secondary-genre: Military Action & Adventure
  • secondary-genre: Dramas Based on the Book
  • secondary-genre: United Kingdom
  • mood: Understated
  • mood: Heartfelt
  • primary-occasion: Professional Events
  • secondary-occasion: Retirement
  • prop: Cane
  • setting: Jungle
  • setting: River
  • setting: Bridge
  • theme: Nature
  • theme: Regret
  • theme: Duty
  • theme: Wisdom
  • theme: Respect
  • theme: Sacrifice
  • theme: Listening
  • theme: Experience
  • theme: Honesty
  • theme: Fulfillment
  • actor: Alec Guinness
  • actor: Sessue Hayakawa
  • director: David Lean
  • producer: Sam Spiegel
  • cinematographer: Jack Hildyard
  • composer: Malcolm Arnold
  • editor: Peter Taylor
  • role-name: Colonel Nicholson
  • role-name: Colonel Saito
  • screenwriter: Pierre Boulle
  • screenwriter: Michael Wilson
  • screenwriter: Carl Foreman
  • year: 1957
  • studio: Sony