Monday, 01 September 2014 - 8:07
Sri Lanka to rebuild bridge from River Kwai movie
Sri Lanka is to rebuild a bridge that was destroyed in an iconic scene from the classic 1957 movie Bridge on the River Kwai.
The movie, which depicts British prisoners of war forced by the Japanese to build a bridge on the Thailand-Burma railway, was filmed in Sri Lanka.
The authorities hope to build the bridge within the next two years
The river in Sri Lanka where the film was set is called the Kelani, which has become a tourist attraction for its white-water rapids.
The scene in which the replica bridge is blown up has become one of the most famous in cinematic history.
The film, directed by David Lean, received widespread critical acclaim and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it had a cast including renowned actors Alec Guinness, William Holden and Jack Hawkins.