Return from the River Kwai

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Return from the River Kwai
Directed by Andrew McLaglen
Produced by Kurt Unger
Screenplay by Sargon Tamimi
Paul Mayersberg
Based on Return from the River Kwai
by Joan & Clay Blair Jr.
Starring Edward Fox
Chris Penn
Denholm Elliott
Timothy Bottoms
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Arthur Wooster
Edited by Alan Strachan
Roadshow Productions
Screenlife Establishments
Distributed by Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 7 April 1989 (1989-04-07) (UK)
Running time
107 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Return from the River Kwai is a 1989 British film directed by Andrew McLaglen and starring Edward Fox, Chris Penn and Timothy Bottoms.[1]

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.



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