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The English Patient (1996)

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

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October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which ... Written by Huggo

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In love, there are no boundaries. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for sexuality, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El paciente inglés  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$278,439 (USA) (17 November 1996)

Gross:

$78,651,430 (USA) (7 September 1997)
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The hollow at the base of the throat is called the Suprasternal Notch. See more »

Goofs

Kip is buttoning his shirt from the top down as he darts past Hana while leaving the barn. When he turns to face her a moment later, the buttons he buttoned are unbuttoned and two lower buttons are buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Almásy: There is no God... but I hope someone looks after you.
Madox: Just in case you're interested, it's called the suprasternal notch. Come and visit us in Dorset when all this nonsense is over.
[Heads away but turns back]
Madox: You'll never come to Dorset.
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The producer and director wish to thank The Tozeur District Governor. See more »

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Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Stuck with Dick (1998) See more »

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Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English translation anonymous
Sung by guests at the Christmas party
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a patience taking movie.. ;)
8 November 2004 | by (Den Haag) – See all my reviews

as can be read in many reviews here it is a movie you love or hate - apparently not so much space for opinions in between. I for one think that is a good sign.

I always appreciated this movie, although the genre is not my typical style (I never watched Titanic for instance, and am not planning to).

The English Patient grips because it shows how people can be different when they are in an exotic environment as opposed when they are 'home' (Katherine), it shows how destructive love can be in a slow, strong and utterly painful way, it excites because of the extremely passionate affair, the pain of the one(s) who leave behind, how pointless one can feel to move on.

The photography is just stunning, not to mention the play of the actors. The pace is slow, but timely, and that does justice to the book, the timeline, and the depth/development of the characters. To put this in 110 minutes (as some seem to suggest here) would amputate the multi-layeredness of this movie. People tend to have difficulties with the pace of movies... as if they are in a rush to get to work.. hey - get a life ! ;-) enjoy...

I give this movie 4.5 out of 5.


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