There's a moment in The Bridge on the River Kwai when William Holden's Commander Shears cynically mutters "into the valley of death rode the 600," conveying obvious disdain for shows of fatalistic (read: suicidal) bravery on the part of British troops. That was one impression; Laurence Harvey's, taped on The Ed Sullivan Show in '64, is another. A third reading is provided by Timothy Hutton in John Schlesinger's The Falcon and the Snowman ('85).