The Bridge on the River Kwai


Plot – During World War II in Burma, the British colonel Nicholson and his regiment surrender to the Japanese troops. They are held prisoners in a labor camp ruled by Colonel Saito in the middle of the jungle. In order to build a bridge on the river Kwai in a limited amount of time, the Japanese colonel wants to employ not only the English prisoners but also the officials. Nicholson is against this decision and the battle between the two colonels begins, during which Saito implies inhuman methods to make Nicholson surrender.

Movie Info

Title The Bridge on the River Kwai

Year 1957

Director David Lean


Top 11 Quotes of “The Bridge on the River Kwai” Movie

“- Lieutenant Joyce: I’m sorry, Sir. I thought you were the enemy.
– Commander Shears: Well, I’m an American, if that’s what you mean.”
Geoffrey Horne – Lieutenant Joyce
William M. Holden – Shears

“- Nurse at Ceylon hospital: What makes you so sure you’ll get a medical discharge?
– Commander Shears: Because I’m a civilian at heart, lover, and I always follow my heart.”
Ann Sears – Nurse
William M. Holden – Shears

“- Commander Shears: You mean, you intend to uphold the letter of the law, no matter what it costs?
– Colonel Nicholson: Without law, Commander, there is no civilization.
– Commander Shears: That’s just my point; here, there is no civilization.
– Colonel Nicholson: Then we have the opportunity to introduce it.”
William M. Holden – Shears
Alec Guinness – Colonel Nicholson

“One day the war will be over. And I hope that the people that use this bridge in years to come will remember how it was built and who built it. Not a gang of slaves, but soldiers, British soldiers, Clipton, even in captivity.”
Alec Guinness – Colonel Nicholson

“A word to you about escape. There is no barbed wire. No stockade. No watchtower. They are not necessary. We are an island in the jungle. Escape is impossible. You would die.”

Sessue Hayakawa – Colonel Saito

“I hate the British! You are defeated but you have no shame. You are stubborn but you have no pride. You endure but you have no courage. I hate the British!”
Sessue Hayakawa – Colonel Saito

“You give me powders, pills, baths, injections, enemas when all I need is love.”

William M. Holden – Shears

“Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!”
Sessue Hayakawa – Saito

“- Maj. Warden: I belong to a rather rum group called Force 316. Our headquarters is up in the botanical gardens.
– Commander Shears: Protecting rare plants from the enemy?”
Jack Hawkins – Major Warden
William M. Holden – Shears

“- Colonel Saito: Do you know what will happen to me if the bridge is not built on time?
– Colonel Nicholson: I haven’t the foggiest.
– Colonel Saito: I’ll have to kill myself. What would you do if you were me?
– Colonel Nicholson: I suppose if I were you… I’d have to kill myself.”
Alec Guinness – Colonel Nicholson
Sessue Hayakawa – Colonel Saito

“- Maj. Warden: You’ll go on without me. That’s an order. You’re in command now, Shears.
– Commander Shears: You make me sick with your heroics! There’s a stench of death about you. You carry it in your pack like the plague. Explosives and L-pills – they go well together, don’t they? And with you it’s just one thing or the other: destroy a bridge…”
Jack Hawkins – Major Warden
William M. Holden – Shears