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What's that movie in which some captive war-prisoner is assigned a task by his captor of building a bridge to protect the homeland from an invasion? By the time the bridge is complete, the war-prisoner who built it is so attached to his creation that he can't let the army destroy it. I have some bits of the story warped but the hints should be enough to help you help me with the name of the movie.

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You are certainly talking about David Lean's Bridge on the River Kwai from 1957.
Here's the IMDB plot description:

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Stars William Holden and Alec Guinness.

It's currently at #100 in IMDB's top 250 of all time. Definitely a classic.
Won 7 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Pierre Boulle - better known for his Planet of the Apes novels, movies, and TV series).

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