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The Constant Gardener (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  31 August 2005 (USA)
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A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubert Koundé ...
Dr. Arnold Bluhm (as Hubert Kounde)
Sandy Woodrow
Daniele Harford ...
Packson Ngugi ...
Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ...
Jomo's Wife
Bernard Otieno Oduor ...
Keith Pearson ...
Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu ...
Dr. Joshua Ngaba
Tim Donohue
Ghita Pearson
Nick Reding ...
Sir Kenneth Curtiss


In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. Written by focus features

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Love. At any cost.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jardinero fiel  »

Box Office


£15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,961,311 (USA) (2 September 2005)


$359,387 (South Africa) (20 January 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After filming, the Constant Gardener Trust was set-up to help the inhabitants of the slums near Nairobi where the crew had been filming. See more »


When Tessa is videochatting (under Windows XP) the FFWD/REW controls are clearly visible in the interface. Above the video a text can be read "Buffering 500 mbps", a speed which is impossible to achieve on most lines, especially the consumer-grade connection that the German activist is using. See more »


[first lines]
Justin Quayle: Oh, thank you Arnold. I... I can manage that. But I still don't see why you couldn't wait a couple of weeks. Why go all the way up to Loki?
Tessa Quayle: Well, we want to hear Grace Makanga speak, and she won't be coming to Nairobi.
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Crazy Credits

END CREDITS DEDICATION: This film is dedicated to Yvette Pierpaoli and all other aid workers who lived and died giving a damn. See more »


Referenced in Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009) See more »


So Sei Viver No Samba
Written by Ari Moraes
Performed by Cibelle
Published by Les Editions De La Bascule / Strictly Confidential (BMI)
Under license from Ziriguiboom / Crammed Discs
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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20 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rare gem in today's gravel pit of features. Rachel Weisz is truly transcendent. She is just so immensely real and powerful and alive! Fienne's role as that of a somewhat distant man is the perfect complement to this.

Visually, this is one of the finest films I've seen in years; the editing is brilliant and the cinematography is beautiful; the DP gives us subtle stylistic cues and approaches which highlight the many different worlds we encounter, from the abject poverty of Africa to the interior of a private London club.

See this film...and see what a movie can really be.

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