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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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Sandy Woodrow
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Miriam
Packson Ngugi ...
Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ...
Jomo's Wife
Bernard Otieno Oduor ...
Jomo
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Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu ...
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Ghita Pearson
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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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Rated R for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Budget:

£15,000,000 (estimated)

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$92,380 (South Africa) (6 January 2006)

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$359,387 (South Africa) (20 January 2006)
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Producer Simon Channing Williams bought the rights of the book in advance before its release in 2001 with the intention of bringing it to screen. In order to get John le Carré's permission to do so, he wrote a letter to Le Carre's attorney Michael Rudell informing him of the intention and flew to New York on the same day. This is the second time that Le Carre has worked on the screenplay of a film; the first was The Tailor of Panama (2001). To ensure total accuracy, Nairobi-based molecular biologist Bonnie Dunbar was brought in as the film's consultant. See more »

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Arthur Hammond would not be allowed to accompany Justin to the Eurostar train. Eurostar has an airline-style check-in procedure, and only passengers holding tickets can reach the platforms. See more »

Quotes

[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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END CREDITS DISCLAIMER: Nobody in this story, and no outfit or corporation, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world. But I can tell you this; as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard. --John Le Carré See more »

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Forever
Written by Nazizi Hirgi / Kevin Waire / Tedd Josiah
Performed by Necessary Noise
Published by Blu Zebra Records
Courtesy of Blu Zebra Records, Nairobi, Kenya
Licensed by Arrangement with A.I. Records, Nairobi, Kenya
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Political thriller viewed through the lens of a romance
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Films that are written as thrillers, suspense stories and romances all feature certain story elements that define the genre. How the elements are combined to tell a specific story is the measure of a story's success at convincing an audience of its worth. "The Constant Gardener" is a well-crafted story with many fine performances, starting with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and including the many character actors who make this film feel viscerally real and true. In the tradition of films like "Silkwood", "Z" and" The Insider", the director of "City of God" takes the audience on a tense, suspenseful ride with characters who dare tell truth to power. The film viewing experience feels dangerous and worth-while.

No doubt, "The Constant Gardener", like "City of God" will fuel discussion about the politics which is the basis of this film, and will also send more people to read John Le Carre's book, which is the basis of the film.


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