The story follows a British colonel who settles his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander and agrees to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. The Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker David Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness. It also won Best Screenplay for Pierre Boulle, the author of the novel on which the film was based. The actual writers, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who were blacklisted, were given their Oscars under the table. Starring William Holden and Alec Guinness.