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YMMV: The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • Ear Worm: Colonel Bogey March.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Oddly enough, the movie was popular in Japan during its original run.
  • What an Idiot: Yes, the Geneva Convention does permit that enlisted POWs can be compelled to work, but only work in specific industries that do not help the enemy's war effort, otherwise they are exempted. Such exemptions include public works projects that are military in nature, which the bridge definitely fits. Colonel Nicholson should really have realized that. (Of course this could very well be Artistic License.) In fairness, they do mention that the bridge will serve some non-military purposes such as transporting their wounded, but it really should qualify.