July 1, 2019 - 6:30 pm
All July, the Tropic’s Monday Night Classics series is celebrating ‘Merica—the patriotic, the political and both the absurdities and glories of war. The series starts with “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” legendary director David Lean’s World War II epic.
Caught in a battle of wills between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and imprisoned Colonel Nicholson (Best Actor Oscar winner Alec Guinness), a group of English POWs in Burma are forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. Trying to keep morale up, Nicholson undertakes the project as a way to prove the superiority of the British soldiers—only to become obsessed with completing the bridge to perfection. Meanwhile, an escaped American POW facing a court-martial (William Holden) agrees to lead the effort to destroy the bridge and rein in the mad British colonel.
With a sweeping scope, an unforgettable theme song and a decorated international cast, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” is “a stirring drama of World War II.” (New York Daily News)