The Bridge on the River Kwai Movie Poster
  • Released
  • December 18, 1957
  • PG, 2 hr 41 min
  • Drama
  • 69 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that students assigned to read the Pierre Boulle novel in school might try to watch The Bridge on the River Kwai instead. (Come on, it's a short book, no cheating!) That aside, there's ample wartime violence in this movie, with characters stabbed or shot to death, and the body count of the main characters is tragically high in the end. The now-taboo, once-common term "Japs" is used to refer to Japanese. Unrated on its original release, the restored version carries a PG.

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  • Language
  • Consumerism
  • Drinking & drugs
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