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Movie : Bridge On The River Kwai – What Have I Done?

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Colonel Nicholson has woken up to the fact that he has fucked up big time.  He has helped the enemy build a bridge.  It goes against everything in his training as a soldier and an officer.  He has just fought and stopped one of his own from blowing up the bridge.  He recognizes Shears who is coming at him with a knife to kill him, Shears is killed instead. Nicholson realizes what he’s done.

What a great moment in a great film.  Alec Guinness is superb as Nicholson. You believe William Holden really wants to kill him.  David Lean is one of CB’s all time favorite directors and he puts a cherry on top of his film with this ending. Brilliant piece of movie making. I feel like I’m right there as this is happening.  Guinness gives an acting lesson about being truthful and real.  His moment of “What have I done” is as real as it gets. Picking himself up off the ground knocking the dust off his hat is great business.

CB never gets tired of this one.  On an annual rotation.

 

 

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16 comments on “Movie : Bridge On The River Kwai – What Have I Done?

  1. Jim S.
    February 11, 2018

    I’m with Mr. Babyhead all the way on this one. When I saw you were featuring a scene I hoped it was this one. Great movie all the way. And don’t forget the whistled Colonel Bogey march.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 11, 2018

      You strike me as a River Kwai guy. Guinness is so good in this scene and the whole movie. Colonel Bogey is a classic. My old man knew lyrics to it.

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      • Jim S.
        February 11, 2018

        Huh! Funny. I didn’t even know it had any.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 12, 2018

        The old man was in the service and I remember him singing lyrics to that tune something like ‘Britain is going to fight and win, Britain is going to smile and grin…”. I’m sure service men made some up.

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      • dcw0731
        February 17, 2018

        Lyrics???????? Are you serious?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 17, 2018

        Just like I said to Jim, my old man used to sing to it.

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  2. 1537
    February 11, 2018

    David Lean at his absolute best – doesn’t get much better than this, does it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 11, 2018

      I agree. All sorts of interesting stories in the making of this. Guinness and Lean were creative magic (Throw Holden into the mix). Not always smooth on the getting there but all their bumping heads ended up brilliant on the screen. Still waiting for the 1537 guest shot.

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  3. J.
    February 12, 2018

    I haven’t seen this since I was wee. I remember being in awe, but I definitely need to revisit this now. Guinness is one of my favourite ever actors.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 12, 2018

      Both Lean and Guinness give the attention to detail that makes this film special. On one hand you admire Nicholson but on the other you want to kick him in the balls.

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  4. jerseydreaming
    February 12, 2018

    An undeniable classic all around. Good one CB.

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  5. Jim S.
    February 17, 2018

    I can’t believe you don’t know the lyrics to this DCW. As I recall, they go something like this:

    Oh Bridge-oh, on the river Kwai-ai-ai
    I would rather
    Be eating pie
    Marching, we’re always marching
    Let’s go blow that sucker
    Sky high

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 17, 2018

      I am actually laughing my head off. That’s beautiful! ‘I would rather be eating pie” come on, that’s the best.

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      • Array
        February 17, 2018

        I like to think it brings a whole new level of enjoyment to the film.

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  6. cincinnatibabyhead
    February 17, 2018

    I’m still in awe of those beautiful words. You are my hero Doc.

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