Quotation by Michael Wilson

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.
Shears: That's just my point. Here, there is no civilization.
Colonel Nicholson: Then perhaps we have the opportunity to introduce it.
Michael Wilson (1914–1978), U.S. screenwriter, Carl Foreman (1914–1984), and David Lean. Shears (William Holden) and Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness), The Bridge on the River Kwai, about Nicholson's willingness to have British soldiers build a bridge for the Japanese (1957).

Wilson and Foreman were originally uncredited because they were blacklisted; novelist Pierre Boulle, who spoke no English, received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. A restored version of the film credits all three writers.
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