From the movie Ben-Hur
You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well and live.Spoken by Consul Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins), commander of the Roman Fleet, to the slaves who row his ship, before an epic battle. The movie is based on a novel written by Civil War General Lew Wallace.♠
The quote is from this web site.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Just trying to keep up with Dick Howe.