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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$278,439 (USA) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

$78,651,430 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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Trivia

When Twentieth Century Fox was involved in the film, they tried to talk the producers out of casting Willem Dafoe and suggested three choices for the role of Caravaggio: John Goodman, Danny DeVito, or Richard Dreyfuss. See more »

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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 »

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Hana: [reads Almásy's note on the firecracker] "Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." For the heart is an organ of fire.I love that. I believe that. K? Who is K?
Almásy: K is for Katharine.
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Crazy Credits

The producer and director wish to thank The Tozeur District Governor. See more »

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Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 30 January 2014 (2014) See more »

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The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
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The greatest romance movie of all time? Probably...
7 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I've seen a few movies in my time, but this one is exceptional. You'll have to watch it more than once to truly appreciate it, it is emotionally very complex, it explores love and passion at it's most extreme and it's cinematography is just breathtaking. The character of the Count is intensely passionate and tragic without him having to raise his voice or indeed leave his bed, the film is perfectly cast and perfectly acted. The film has a sort of mathematical precision and perfection to it which is rare these days. It combines action, love, tragedy, drama and politics all in one. This movie is unmissable, all the hype surrounding it and all the awards cannot begin to do it any justice. Hats off to Michael Ondaatje for writing the incredible book on which it is based.


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