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The Constant Gardener (2005)

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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Hubert Koundé ...
Dr. Arnold Bluhm (as Hubert Kounde)
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Sandy Woodrow
Daniele Harford ...
Miriam
Packson Ngugi ...
Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ...
Jomo's Wife
Bernard Otieno Oduor ...
Jomo
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Keith Pearson ...
Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu ...
Dr. Joshua Ngaba
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Tim Donohue
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Ghita Pearson
Nick Reding ...
Crick
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Sir Kenneth Curtiss
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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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The highly anticipated international thriller from John le Carré & Fernando Meirelles the Academy Award nominated director of City of God See more »


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

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31 August 2005 (USA)  »

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£15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$33,565,375 (USA) (25 November 2005)
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Among the many other initiatives undertaken by the producer and new tribal elder Simon Channing Williams and co-producer Tracey Seaward were providing mattresses and linens for the children who board at the local school, and giving the production facilities fee to the entire community - in the form of a trust fund for local children to receive a secondary education. The duo also arranged for any and all disposable props, costumes, and construction materials to be distributed by the mission to neediest in Loiyangalani, Kenya. See more »

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Tessa's laptop was clearly a Apple Power Book running Mac OSX, however, during the montage where she was viewing video clips from the web, one set of movies had Windows XP graphics. See more »

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

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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Performed by Rachel Weisz
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Utter junk
16 January 2006 | by (St. Paul) – See all my reviews

Every 5th movie made in the last five years or so has been produced in this junk style of quasi-artistic film-making characterized by erratic photography and Cunard editing masquerading as tension and suspense in a screenplay that runs the risk of being discovered as devoid of plot if presented in sequence or photographed in an intelligible manner.

Why!? To simulate reality? If anyone's life actually occurs in such an obscure and disjointed manner, then the anti-depressants aren't doing their job (I mean the directors').

When Spielberg filmed the Normandy invasion this way, it was an achievement of craft that brought the experience home to the viewer with unparalleled impact. Filming every scene since Private Ryan, however--whether of a lone actor getting into a taxi or two inept ones in an awkward love scene--in this same frenetic manner does not substitute for "art" or "chemistry" when the actors and direct have so glaringly not provided it during the filming of the scene.

I dearly wish that those who are adept at naming film styles would please acknowledge and name this abysmal, fumbling mode so that those of us who would not rent, lease, purchase, or otherwise cross the street for this kind of product would be mercifully warned away by the advertising.


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