Return from the River Kwai
|Return from the River Kwai|
|Directed by||Andrew McLaglen|
|Produced by||Kurt Unger|
|Screenplay by||Sargon Tamimi
|Based on||Return from the River Kwai
by Joan & Clay Blair Jr.
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Edited by||Alan Strachan|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors (UK)|
The film is based on a 1979 factual book with the same name, about a 1944 Japanese prisoner transport of 2,217 British and Australian POWs, who had been working as forced labour on the Burma Railway, building the famous bridge over the River Kwai. They were taken by railway to Singapore, and from there aboard two ships, Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru, destined for Japan. On 12 September 1944, both ships were torpedoed by US submarines, and 1,559 of the prisoners perished.
When released in the United Kingdom, the film carried a disclaimer that it was not related to or a sequel to the 1957 David Lean film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Nonetheless, due to legal disputes over the title with the US owners of the 1957 film, Return from the River Kwai was never released theatrically in the USA or Canada.
- Edward Fox as Major Benford
- Chris Penn as Lieutenant Crawford
- Denholm Elliott as Colonel Grayson
- Timothy Bottoms as Seaman Miller
- Tatsuya Nakadai as Major Harada
- George Takei as Lieutenant Tanaka
- Nick Tate as Lt. Commander Hunt