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The Bridge on the River Kwai was film released in 1957. Set during World War II, the film depicts a group of British prisoners of war being held by the Japanese.
After the group arrives at the camp, the Japanese commanders and a British officer argue over whether or not laws allow for manual labor for officers. The officers are punished for their independence. Eventually, the officers are released from camp, but stay behind and help design and build the bridge.
Another group of officers, headquartered in private, plan to destroy the bridge. They parachute in, and place explosives below the water line. When the water drops, however, their plans are exposed. The first group of officers find the explosives, and a gun fight occurs as the two groups attempt to save their work. The explosives end up going off, and almost all the officers are killed.
The movie was loosely based off a real event, but the real bridge was never destroyed. The real officers encouraged shoddy work - termites and poorly mixed concrete were used on the real bridge. Also, conditions were much worse than the film showed. The film ended up winning seven Oscars and three Golden Globe awards.