To End All Wars

To End All Wars

David L Cunningham (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Not even Robert Carlyle's trademark pugnacity can enliven this well-intentioned but leaden adaptation of Ernest Gordon's memoir about the building of the Burma railroad. Even though it presents a considerably more accurate account than The Bridge on the River Kwai, unfavourable comparisons with David Lean's Oscar winner (and even Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence) abound, as Allied soldiers Ciaran McMenamin, Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland are among the PoWs forced to lay the infamous track. Yugo Saso and Sakae Kimura's good guard/bad guard and the subplots involving Sutherland's illicit still and Mark Strong's bush university only reinforce the unfortunate aura of stereotype and cliché.


Four PoWs learn to rely on one another for support while they are held captive by Japanese forces during the Second World War, and made to build a railway through the stifling Burmese jungle. Fact-based drama, starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Ciaran McMenamin and Mark Strong.

Cast & Crew

Campbell Robert Carlyle
Reardon Kiefer Sutherland
Ernest Gordon Ciaran McMenamin
Dusty Mark Strong
Ito Sakae Kimura
Noguchi Masayuki Yui
McLean James Cosmo
Nagatomo Shu Nakajima
Dr Coates John Gregg
Director David L Cunningham
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD