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The Constant Gardener (2005)

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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »



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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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The highly anticipated international thriller from John le Carré & Fernando Meirelles the Academy Award nominated director of City of God See more »

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)


$33,565,375 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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Did You Know?


The production's initiative to return something to the communities that welcomed the film shoot continues unabated. Producer Simon Channing Williams set up a charitable trust, saying, "This is not about supporting a charity that has a large overhead and new 4x4 vehicles. Rather, our intention is to directly support the areas that have helped us so much, as well as a few specific others. We are right now concentrating on Kibera, Loiyangalani, and the El Molo; also, on orphans of AIDS and the street children of Nairobi. Additionally, we are researching programs that care for children on a non-denominational basis; water programs for the areas in which we have filmed; and the performing arts. Why that, you may ask. "The answer is, so many people have told us how important film can be in terms of increasing understanding at every level; Nick Reding has already proven how theater can make a difference, with his SAFE group. So now, the movies must do their part." See more »


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 »


[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 »


Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: All About Politics (2011) See more »


Written by Mbarak Achieng
Arranged and Performed by Ayub Ogada
Published by Womad Music Ltd. / EMI Virgin Music Ltd.
(p) 1993 Real World Records Ltd. / Virgin Records Ltd.
Ayub Ogada appears courtesy of Real World Records
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Meirelles, Weisz and Fiennes make a modern political masterpiece.
31 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Intelligent and moving political thriller that should be held right up there with "All The Presidents Men" and "The Killing Fields " as one of the best political thrillers ever made. Fernando Meirelles tops his last directional effort with a thriller that is moving, scary and down right forthright in it's views of big companies gone wrong and the horrors that they are willing to inflect on others for the sake of profit. Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes give career best performances in this film and that's a huge compliment considering the fact that they are good in almost everything they do, even in bad movies. Weisz is strong willed and obsessive and Fiennes is determine and endearing and both of them compliment each other with there destine to be award winning chemistry and acting chops. The director compliments both of them with a view of Africa that is rarely seen in film and a sense of reality that is only found in real life.

Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes and Fernando Meirelles all should be honored at award season for their amazing efforts in this film because as of right now, this is with out a doubt the film to beat come Oscar time.

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