Weaver, Allied P.O.W. Quotes in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Weaver, Allied P.O.W. Quotes:
Commander Shears: [He and a fellow Allied P.O.W., Weaver, have just buried a dead P.O.W. in the camp cemetery. They are putting in a handmade wooden cross to mark his grave] Here lies... You know, Weaver, I've forgotten who we just buried.
Weaver, Allied P.O.W.: Thompson.
Commander Shears: Oh, yes... Here lies Corporal Herbert Thompson. Serial number zero-one-two-three-four-five-six-seven. Valiant member of the King's Own... or the Queen's Own... or something. Who died of beriberi in the year of our Lord, 1943. For the greater glory of...
Commander Shears: [pauses, looking stumped. Looks at Weaver] What *did* he die for?
Weaver, Allied P.O.W.: Ah, come off it! No need to mock the grave!
Commander Shears: I don't mock the grave or the men... May he rest in peace.
Commander Shears: [bangs the makeshift wooden cross down with his shovel] He found little enough of it when he was alive.
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