The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British World War II film by David Lean based on The Bridge over the River Kwai by French writer Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the construction of the Burma Railway in 194243 for its historical setting. It stars William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness and Sessue Hayakawa. The film was filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The bridge in the film was located near Kitulgala. The film achieved near universal critical acclaim, winning seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) at the 30th Academy Awards, and in 1997, this film was deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. After the surrender of Singapore in World War II, a unit of British soldiers is marched to a Japanese prison camp in western Thailand.
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