Return from the River Kwai

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  • Genre(s): War Drama
  • Release year: 1989
  • Running time: 101 min
Return from the River Kwai is a British 1989 film directed by Andrew McLaglen. It stars Edward Fox, Chris Penn and Timothy Bottoms. The film is based on a 1979 factual book with the same name, about a 1944 Japanese prisoner transport of 2,217 British... read more

Return from the River Kwai is a British 1989 film directed by Andrew McLaglen. It stars Edward Fox, Chris Penn and Timothy Bottoms. 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.

Original Release

04/14/1989

Cast

Timothy Bottoms Seaman Miller
Nick Tate Lt. Commander Hunt
George Takei Lieutenant Tanaka
Edward Fox Major Benford
Chris Penn Lieutenant Crawford
Tatsuya Nakadai Major Harada
Ronnie Lazaro Boonrod
Denholm Elliott Colonel Grayson
Anna Maria Tirol Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco Anon
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers

Joan Blair, Clay Blair Jr., Sargon Tamimi, Paul Mayersberg

Cast

Timothy Bottoms Seaman Miller
Nick Tate Lt. Commander Hunt
George Takei Lieutenant Tanaka
Edward Fox Major Benford
Chris Penn Lieutenant Crawford
Tatsuya Nakadai Major Harada
Ronnie Lazaro Boonrod
Denholm Elliott Colonel Grayson
Anna Maria Tirol Meo Girl
Andres Tepongco Anon
Masato Nagamori Lieutenant Yamashita
Pierre Valderon Frenchman in Saigon
Patricia Edmondson Lady in Saigon
Richard Graham Sergeant Perry
James McKenzie POW
Sheila McLaglen Lady in Saigon
Lolita Mirpuri Lady in Saigon
Simplicio Cahilig Old Vietnamese Man
Sachiko Inoue Japanese Mother
Ryusuke Inoue Japanese Boy

Producers

Daniel Unger Executive Producer
Kurt Unger Producer

Editors

Alan Strachan

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