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The year 1957 in film involved some significant events. The Bridge on the River Kwai topped the year's box office in North America, France, and Germany, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Top-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

Top-grossing films by countryEdit


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai – Horizon, Columbia
Best Director: David LeanThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor: Alec GuinnessThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress: Joanne WoodwardThe Three Faces of Eve
Best Supporting Actor: Red ButtonsSayonara
Best Supporting Actress: Miyoshi UmekiSayonara
Best Foreign Language Film: Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria), directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor: Alec GuinnessThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress: Joanne WoodwardThe Three Faces of Eve
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Les Girls
Best Actor: Frank SinatraPal Joey
Best Actress: Kay KendallLes Girls
Best Director: David LeanThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Foreign Film: Confessions of Felix Krull (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull), West Germany
Best Foreign Film: Tizoc, Mexico
Best Foreign Film: Woman in a Dressing Gown, United Kingdom
Best Foreign Film: Yellow Crow (Kiiroi karasu), Japan

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Friendly Persuasion, directed by William Wyler, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Aparajito (aka The Unvanquished), directed by Satyajit Ray, India

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet, United States

Top ten money making starsEdit

1957 film releasesEdit

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Notable films released in 1957Edit

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Short film seriesEdit


Month Day Name Profession Year of death
January 12 John Lasseter animator, director, producer, writer
15 Mario Van Peebles actor and director
16 Ricardo Darin actor
17 Steve Harvey actor, comedian, author
February 6 Kathy Najimy actress
Robert Townsend actor, director and writer
16 LeVar Burton actor, director, producer and author
19 Ray Winstone English actor
27 Timothy Spall
28 John Turturro actor, writer and director
March 6 Eddie Deezen actor and comedian
20 Chris Wedge director, producer and voice actor
Spike Lee director, producer, writer and actor
Theresa Russell actress
Vanessa Bell Calloway
23 Teresa Ganzel
29 Christopher Lambert French actor
30 Paul Reiser actor and comedian
April 4 Aki Kaurismäki Finnish director
14 Richard Jeni actor and comedian 2007
23 Jan Hooks actress and comedian 2014
25 Esther Scott actress
29 Daniel Day-Lewis English actor
May 5 Richard E. Grant
21 Judge Reinhold actor
29 Ted Levine
June 17 Jon Gries
23 Frances McDormand actress
July 9 Kelly McGillis
13 Cameron Crowe director and screenwriter
August 1 Taylor Negron actor, playwright and painter 2015
9 Melanie Griffith actress
18 Denis Leary actor, comedian and writer
24 Stephen Fry English comedian, author and actor
28 Daniel Stern actor
Rick Rossovich
September 12 Hans Zimmer composer
Rachel Ward English actress
21 Ethan Coen director, producer, screenwriter and editor
24 Brad Bird animator, director, writer, actor
30 Fran Drescher actress
October 4 Bill Fagerbakke American actor & voice actor
5 Bernie Mac actor and stand-up comedian 2008
12 Clémentine Célarié French actress
25 Nancy Cartwright voice actress
29 Dan Castellaneta American actor, voice actor, comedian & screenwriter
30 Kevin Pollak actor
November 3 Dolph Lundgren Swedish actor and director
6 Lori Singer American actress, cellist
19 Tom Virtue actor
24 Denise Crosby actress
December 10 Michael Clarke Duncan American actor 2012
13 Steve Buscemi
21 Ray Romano American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter & voice actor


Film debutsEdit


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[7]
  2. ^ 8 crore[6] (US$16.8 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[13]
  4. ^ 10.625 million SUR (42.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[11] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[12] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  3. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  4. ^ "Bilan Annuel France - 1957". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Bilan Annuel Allemagne - 1957". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ Box Office 1957, Box Office India, archived 22 September 2012
  7. ^ Archived 2015-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Bahubali 2 Is The Biggest Hindi Blockbuster This Century Archived 24 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine., Box Office India, 8 June 2017
  9. ^ "Bilan Annuel Italie - 1957". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. ^ キネマ旬報ベスト・テン85回全史 1924-2011. Kinema Junpo. Kinema Junposha. May 2012. p. 138. ISBN 978-4873767550.
  11. ^ a b "Prokat2". Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  12. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48 Archived 2018-05-10 at the Wayback Machine., Cornell University Press, 2011
  13. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  14. ^ "The Bridge on the River Kwai". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  15. ^ a b "The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 12 December 2018.