Return from the River Kwai is a 1989 film directed by Andrew McLaglen. It stars Edward Fox, Chris Penn and Timothy Bottoms. It is loosely based on events concerning the Burma-Thailand Death Railway that inspired the earlier film The Bridge on the River Kwai, although both films use separate fictional characters. When released in the United Kingdom, the movie carried a legal warning and disclaimer that it was not at all related to or a sequel to the film Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Nonetheless, due to legal disputes Return from the River Kwai has not been released in Canada or the USA.