Set-Up: British prisoners of war are tasked with building a bridge for the Japanese war during World War II. Captain Nicholson, played by Alec Guiness, is the ranking British officer and he utters this line.
Line: One day, the war will be over, and I hope that the people who use this bridge in years to come will remember how it was built and who built it.
I wrote a paper about this movie when I was in 8th grade. I wrote about the fact that, despite horrendous conditions, the men that built the bridge took pride in their work and they made the best of the situation. I ended up getting called into the principal’s office to explain my stance. I am still not sure why!