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: I can't remember what my parents look like.
: I was dreaming about God. Mother
: What did he say? Jim
: He was playing tennis.
: I was dreaming about God. Mary Graham
: What did he say? Jim
: Nothing. He was playing tennis. Perhaps that's where God is all the time and that's why you can't see Him when you're awake, do you think? Mary Graham
: I don't know. I don't know about God. Jim
: Perhaps He's our dream... and we're His.
[Frank and Basie are about to leave Jim in the street
] Basie, first I could show you some rich pickings. Hundreds of houses left empty. I could show you some of the houses I lived in before Frank found me. They were luxuriant! Basie
: Luxuriant? You had good sense being born there, Jim. I'm sure there was good living. Jim
: There certainly was good living, Basie. There - there was opulence! Basie
: Heh heh. Opulence. Frank, we'll go and take a look at some of these houses. Let's go, Frank. Opulence.
: If the Americans land, the Japanese will fight. Dr. Rawlins
: You admire the Japanese? Jim
: Well, they're brave, aren't they? Dr. Rawlins
: That's important, is it, Jim? Jim
: It's a good thing if you want to win a war. Dr. Rawlins
: But we don't want them to win, do we. Remember, we're British. Jim
: Yes. I've never been there.
: We'll have to leave the camp. Basie
: That's the idea, Jim. First one side feeds you and the other side tries to get you killed, then it's turned around; it's all timing.
: Jim, didn't I teach you anything? Jim
: Yes! You taught me that people will do anything for a potato.
[Nurses attempt to wake a sickly man
: Can I have his shoes when he's dead? Dr. Rawlins
: God you're a pragmatist, Jim.
: I heard you resigned from the Scouts. Jim
: I've become an atheist.
[Jim grabs wildly at Chinese soldiers after hearing about the atomic bomb
: I saw it! I saw it! It was like a white light in the sky.
: Learned a new word today. Atom bomb. It was like the God taking a photograph.
: Amatus sum, amatus es, amatus est.
[Jim's hassling the truck driver on the way to Soochow
: Do you know where we are? We're here, see? And now we have to turn left. Do you hear me? When I say turn left, you turn left! When I say turn right, turn right! You have to do what I say otherwise we'll never get to Soochow then you'll be shot!
: Dr. Rawlin, do you remember how we had helped build the runway? If we die like the others, our bones would be IN the runway. In a way, it's OUR runway... Dr. Rawlins
: No it's THEIR runway, Jim! Try not to think so much! Try not to THINK so much!
[after Basie's friend killed Jim's Japanese friend
: Bastard! He gave me a mango! Basie
: I'll give you a whole goddamn fruit salad. There are Frigidaires falling from the sky. It's kingdom come! Jim
: He was my friend! Basie
: He was a Jap! Jim
: The war's over!
: I touched it! I touched it! I felt the heat! I can taste it in my mouth, oil and cordite!
: Are you with the American Fleet? Frank
: American Fleet! Looks like you lost your shirt kid.
: Don't let me down kid you're an American now. Jim
: [in a Brooklyn accent
] Hey how'ya doin' Frank?
: [during an American airstrike
] P-51! Cadillac of the sky!
: Would you like a Hershey bar? Nina
: Oh yes, please Jim
: So would I kid, have you got one?
: I can bring everyone back. Everyone.
: [about the Japanese troops camped nearby
] It almost looks as if they're waiting for something to happen... John Graham, Jim's father
: Yes. Jim
: They didn't look angry or anything... Maxton
: It's not their anger; it's their patience.