Connect with IMDb

2011 | 2009

1 item from 2011

Blu-Ray review: The Quiet American – Superior Character Piece Given Terrible HD Transfer

20 September 2011 9:21 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Perhaps we require roles like Thomas Fowler’s to be played by veteran actors; we have to be able to read the murky past all over his face. He is an aging journalist stationed in ’50s Vietnam during the First Indochina War. He has been around too long and is too weary to have any ideals left; they’ve been replaced by cynicism and uncertainty. He understands the problems in Vietnam, but he doesn’t pretend to have a solution; he probably knows the counter-argument to everything one could put forward. He is married to a woman in England who will not give him a divorce; he is in love with a twenty-year-old Vietnamese girl. If he keeps pursuing stories in Vietnam, his paper won’t recall him to London, and he’ll be able to stay with her.

In Phillip Noyce’s 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1955 novel, Fowler is played by Michael Caine. »

- Adam Whyte

Permalink | Report a problem

2011 | 2009

1 item from 2011, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners