MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 214 this week

Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  29 November 1983 (UK)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 105 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Two Westerners - Barbara, bank employee, and Bob, CIA analyst within the U.S. Embassy - meet a short time before the fall of Saigon.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 193 titles
created 05 Jun 2011
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 16 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 24 May 2014
 
a list of 100 titles
created 25 May 2014
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 05 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Saigon: Year of the Cat (TV Movie 1983)

Saigon: Year of the Cat (TV Movie 1983) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Saigon: Year of the Cat.
5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Van (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan
The Snapper (TV Movie 1993)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette
The Deal (TV Movie 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: David Morrissey, Matt Blair, Michael Sheen
A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Casson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, John Bown
Mary Reilly (1996)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, George Cole
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Katherine is a basically miserable and mentally unstable woman who is married to even-aged Isobel's father, who is the only one willing to give Katherine the unconditional love that she ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Davies
Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Joanne Whalley, Penelope Wilton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's ... See full summary »

Director: David Hare
Stars: Mike Nichols, Miranda Richardson, David de Keyser
Last Summer (TV Movie 1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Richard Mottau, Patrick Murray, Richard Beckinsale
Afternoon Off (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Henry Man, Benjamin Whitrow, Angela Morant
One Fine Day (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Robert Stephens, Benjamin Whitrow, Edward de Souza
Three Men in a Boat (TV Movie 1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Tim Curry, Michael Palin, Stephen Moore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Barbara Dean
...
Bob Chesneau
Chic Murray ...
Mr. Haliwell
Yim Hoontrakul ...
Trinh
...
The Ambassador
Pichit Bulkul ...
Quoc
...
Jack Ockham
...
Frank Judd
...
Donald Henderson
Rong Wongsawan ...
Foreign Minister
Manning Redwood ...
Colonel Fielder
Somsak Seangwilai ...
Phu
Vitoon Winwitoon ...
Phu's Friend (as Vitoon Win Vitoon)
Thomasine Heiner ...
Joan Mackintosh
Gerry Bammem ...
Ted Malouf
Edit

Storyline

Two Westerners - Barbara, bank employee, and Bob, CIA analyst within the U.S. Embassy - meet a short time before the fall of Saigon.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

vietnam | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 November 1983 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Saigon  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Debut filmed production as a producer of writer-director David Hare. See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Solid Telemovie about an uncomfortable subject
3 May 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Judy Dench plays a secretive English lady who observes the chaos of the final days of democratic government in Saigon. The subject matter is uncomfortable to watch; perhaps more so today than when the film was released, as parallels can be drawn between Vietnam and Iraq. The films begs the question: Has the US and it's allies learned anything in 30 years about international relations.

As a film Saigon is solid more so due to the subject matter being strong than the direction and script, which are pretty bland. The story moves at a decent pace and the climax is both powerful and pathetic as bewildered and semi drunk characters are suddenly forced from apathetic complacency to action.

One of the central problems with the film is that it doesn't feel like it has a strong emotional soul. Judy's character feels too detached to her surroundings, and life in general. She's a woman of mysterious yes, but there isn't any real attempt to dig beneath her cool exterior. I also felt like I didn't get a true inside account of what actually happened in the lead up to that fateful day in 1975. I needed more information about what was happening at the time politically and socially to both the Vietnamese and the Americans in and around Saigon.

It's a story that should be re-made with better production values, but it held my interest throughout. 6/10


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?