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Saigon -Year of the Cat- (1983)

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

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Barbara Dean
Chic Murray ...
Mr. Haliwell
Yim Hoontrakul ...
Trinh
Pichit Bulkul ...
Quoc
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Donald Henderson
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Frank Judd
Rong Wongsawan ...
Foreign Minister
Manning Redwood ...
Colonel Fielder
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Bob Chesneau
Somsak Seangwilai ...
Phu
Vitoon Winwitoon ...
Phu's Friend (as Vitoon Win Vitoon)
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Jack Ockham
Thomasine Heiner ...
Joan Mackintosh
Gerry Bammem ...
Ted Malouf
Deborah Eisenberg ...
Debbie
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By the end of 1974 the Americans have withdrawn their troops from Saigon and President Thieu is on the verge of packing up his bags as well. The U.S. presence is reduced to a handful of advisers, among whom the CIA members. It is against this surreal backdrop that Bob Chesneau, a CIA officer, and Barbara Dean, a bank executive, are having an affair... Written by Guy Bellinger

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29 November 1983 (UK)  »

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First of two feature collaborations of actress Judi Dench and writer David Hare with the second Wetherby (1985) being made for the big screen. See more »

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Please, Mr. Custer, I Don't Wanna Go
25 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SAIGON:YEAR OF THE CAT is clearly one of Stephen Frear's lesser efforts, but everything this director tackles is worth a look. Danny Boyle is the only other English director who embraces such a wide variety of styles and themes for both television and movies. SAIGON:YEAR OF THE CAT reminds me of Frear's made for TV film, THE DEAL. In that film, he gave the viewer a behind the scenes peek at the often volatile political relationship between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, two titans within the British Labour Party during the 1990's. SAIGON:YEAR OF THE CAT examines the 'Fall of Saigon' through the lens of a sexual affair between a mid-level bank executive, played by Judy Dench, and an American CIA officer, played by Frederic Forrest. We witness, not only the loss of the war, but the loss of the country due to America's haphazard and poorly implemented foreign policy. History has shown that , although America's Vietnam strategy experts 'hearts' might be in the right place, their 'heads' couldn't seem to provide a workable procedure. This dichotomy provides the ineluctable backdrop to the film. The movie is a very small production, yet all the actors give fairly convincing performances, but certainly no new ground is broken. The overall 'Look' of the film is dreadful. Most of the production is awash in orange and yellow, and clearly was not intentional. Sometimes the movie is almost painful to watch due to the hideous nature of the film quality. However, the relationship between the two principle characters, and the singular importance of this historical event, was more than enough to engage the viewer.


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