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The Quiet American

  R HD Closed Captioning

Phillip Noyce

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Plot Summary

The acclaimed performances of two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES; 1999 HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, 1986) and Brendan Fraser (THE MUMMY, GODS AND MONSTERS) power a stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia! Set in early 1950s Vietnam - a young American (Fraser) becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist (Caine). As a war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion and betrayal where nothing is as it seems! Based on the classic novel by Graham Greene - you'll find yourself riveted by the fascinating intricacies and ever-developing intrigue of this outstanding motion picture!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 151
  • Fresh: 132
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a smart and literate effort that despite some weaknesses in overall conception has one undeniable virtue: There's not a single weak scene. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: raser has finally made good on his hesitant dramatic turn in Gods and Monsters a few years back. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The narrative is lean, the supporting performances are solid, and, perhaps most crucially, the emotional tone of the piece is spot-on. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Caine's imperial world weariness gives the movie a vital potency. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 30, 2003

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Customer Reviews

Work of art

A very, very good film, and perfect adaptation of the original Graham Greene novel, which was so true to life and the events depicted that its author was placed under surveillance by US intelligence agencies for the rest of his life.

Although set (and originally written) in the 1950s, The English Patient remains a near perfect commentary on the American condition throughout the 20th Century -- well intentioned but totally myopic imperialism -- while as a bittersweet and highly believable love triangle, it is a commentary on the human condition as well.