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5. The screenwriters, Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman, were blacklisted at the time and did not receive credit.  Credit was given to the original novelist, Pierre Boulle, who did not speak English.  In 1984 the Academy retroactively awarded the Oscar to Wilson, who had died , and Foreman who died the day after the announcement.

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6.  During WWII, the tune of the film's famous "Captain Bogey March" was used to create the popular song "Göring Has Only Got One Ball" (a reference to the German Luftwaffe leader's serious groin injury). Since the film depicted prisoners of war held under inhumane conditions by the Japanese, Canadian officials were embarrassed in May 1980, when the King's Own Calgary Regiment Band played "Colonel Bogey" during a visit to Ottawa by Japanese prime minister Masayoshi Ōhira.

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10.    The real bridge was not destroyed during the war.  After the movie's release it became a tourist attraction.  However, nearby were two cemeteries containing the graves of more than 9,000 soldiers — mostly British but also Dutch, Australian and American.

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