The Bridge on the River Kwai

For Queen and country.

Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, this remains a true pinnacle of World War II cinema.

Years before he became a Jedi master, Alec Guinness is a British Lieutenant Colonel, kind of a pompous prick, in command of a group of POWs held in a prison camp in Burma.

Eventually he leads the work on construction of a bridge for his Japanese captors, taking pride in the building job.

When said bridge is marked for detonation by a band of outsiders led by William Holden, things get dicey, leading to an explosive, and haunting, finale.

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