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Consistently named one of the best movies of all time, The Bridge on the River Kwai is set in a Japanese PoW camp where a squad of British soldiers toils to erect a bridge under the direction of their Colonel who insists on following the laws of the Geneva Convention in their captivity. Unbeknownst to the British or the Japanese, the allies have plans to destroy the bridge as soon as it's erected. The classic film, released in 1957, won seven Academy Awards (including Best Director, Best Actor for Sir Alec Guinness, and Best Picture of the Year).

This list includes all the best The Bridge on the River Kwai lines and moments, just as they appeared in the actual movie script. Whether they are funny quotes, sad quotes, quotes about love or death, all the most famous The Bridge on the River Kwai quotes are here.
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    I Hate the British

    I Hate the British
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    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!
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    I'm An American

    I'm An American
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    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.
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    I'll Kill Myself

    I'll Kill Myself
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    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.
    Colonel Nicholson:Cheers!
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    This is War!

    This is War!
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    Colonel Saito: Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!
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