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The Quiet American (2002) Poster

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Michael Caine agreed to play in this movie only if Craig Armstrong did the music, which was what eventually happened.
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Tom Cruise was at one point interested in the project, but was never officially attached to it. Director Noyce wanted Heath Ledger to play the role that went to Brendan Fraser, but was very happy with Fraser's work in the film.
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The US release of this movie was delayed for more than a year by the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001. The producers were concerned that it would be seen as anti-American.
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The film ends with newspaper stories written by Thomas Fowler about Vietnam from 1954 to 1966. However the book on which the film was based was published in 1955, so these are mostly events which happened after the book came out.
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At 68 Michael Caine was felt to be too old for his character, but Caine's performance still led him to receive an Oscar nomination.
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Miramax had paid $5.5 million for the rights to distribute the movie in North America and some other territories, but then shelved it for a long time. Miramax even planned to send this movie to go straight-to-video. But Michael Caine successfully persuaded Miramax to screen this movie at 2002 Toronto International Film Festival. This movie received many good reviews at the Film Festival, so Miramax decided to release this movie in the United States theatrically.
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When Thomas Fowler first introduces Phuong to Alden Pyle, the song "J'ai Deux Amours" (Literally, "I Have Two Loves") can be heard being performed in the background.
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The obscure poem quoted by Fowler and Pyle is 'Dipsychus" by Arthur Hugh Clough.
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At a Q&A in Dublin in 2003, Philip Nonce said that Paramount originally planned to finance the film, and at one point Sean Connery and Johnny Depp were to play the lead roles. Paramount eventually passed on the film.
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