Major Warden: Sir, it’s most annoying. They say, in view of the time element, they don’t think a few practice jumps would be worthwhile.
Major Shears: No?
Major Warden: No, they say if you make one jump, you’ve only got 50% chance of injury, two jumps, 80%, and three jumps, you’re bound to catch a packet. The consensus of opinion is that the most sensible thing for Major Shears to do is to go ahead and jump, and hope for the best.
Major Shears: With or without a parachute?
Jack Hawkins and William Holden in the masterpiece that is Bridge on the River Kwai (1958). Winner of seven Oscars, the film is set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II and tells of the repercussions of building a successful bridge.
such a great film and great quote 🙂
It’s long been on one of my favourites. I love films that discuss the cynical side of war and the aspect of bravery, patriotism and basic survival. Alec Guinness and William Holden in the same film 🙂 An acting masterclass. As a man of film trivia, I’m sure you’re aware of the issue over the scriptwriting credits.
Great quote, but I haven’t seen the movie. I know it’s probably a sin for a movie reviewer to have not seen it, I’ll make time for it in the future.
We all have our blindspots. I really think you’ll love it and look forward to your take on it. I love Paths of Glory, but I’d put The Bridge on the River Kwai as being the best war film ever made.
It’s a definite blind spot that needs to be seen by me.
Brilliant quote, brilliant film!
It’s one of my favourite films. I saw it again recently. Still as good as ever.
Excellent movie! 🙂
One of the best 🙂
Yep. Loved it. 🙂