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The Ugly American ()


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An ambitious scholar becomes the ambassador of Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war is brewing.

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  • Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite
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Deong
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Marion MacWhite
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Homer Atkins
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Grainger
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Emma Atkins
Kukrit Pramoj ...
Prime Minister Kwen Sai
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Joe Bing
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Rachani, Deong's Wife
George Shibata ...
Munsang
Judson Laire ...
Senator Brenner
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Ambassador Sears
Yee Tak Yip ...
Sawad, Deong's Assistant
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Senator at Confirmation Hearing
Simon Scott ...
Johnson
Frances Helm
James Yagi
John Daheim ...
(as John Day)
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Lee Pang
Bill Stout ...
Tyler, NBC Reporter
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Andrei Krupitzyn
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Reporter (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Benjie Bancroft ...
Reporter (uncredited)
John Barton ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Beltram ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ...
Reporter (uncredited)
David Chow ...
Rebel (uncredited)
Roy Damron ...
Hearing Spectator (uncredited)
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Chief (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Committee Member (uncredited)
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Hearing Spectator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Committee Member (uncredited)
Paul King ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Esther Ying Lee ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Court Guard (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Hearing Spectator (uncredited)
William Mims ...
Mr. Jacobson (uncredited)
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Construction Worker (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Committee Member (uncredited)
Don Ross ...
Martinson - truck driver (uncredited)
Jerry Rush ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Hearing Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Jerry Velasco ...
Oriental Rebel Killer (uncredited)
Ron Veto ...
Protestor (uncredited)
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Martinson - truck driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Englund

Written by

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William J. Lederer ... (novel) &
Eugene Burdick ... (novel)
 
Stewart Stern ... (screen story)
 
Stewart Stern ... (writer)

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George Englund ... producer

Music by

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Frank Skinner

Cinematography by

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Clifford Stine

Film Editing by

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Ted J. Kent

Art Direction by

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Alexander Golitzen
Alfred Sweeney

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Oliver Emert

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Rosemary Odell

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Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
Jay Sebring ... hair designer: Marlon Brando (uncredited)

Production Management

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Marshall Green ... production manager
Bob Larson ... unit production manager (uncredited)

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Terence Nelson ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Joe Lapis ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound

Stunts

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Paul Baxley ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim ... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ... stunt double: Sandra Church (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Hoy ... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham ... stunts (uncredited)

Music Department

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sasidhorn Bunnag ... technical advisor
Bob Forrest ... script supervisor (as Robert Forrest)
Kukrit Pramoj ... technical advisor
Eugene Burdick ... script consultant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his knowledge, once he's there, MacWhite sees only a dichotomy between the U.S. and Communism. He can't accept that anti-American sentiment might be a longing for self-determination and nationalism. So, he breaks from his friend Deong, a local opposition leader, ignores a foreman's advice about slowing the building of a road, and tries to muscle ahead. What price must the country and his friends pay for him to get some sense? Written by

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Also Known As
  • Le vilain américain (France)
  • Der häßliche Amerikaner (Germany)
  • Su excelencia el embajador (Spain)
  • Der häßliche Amerikaner (Austria)
  • Den 'grimme' amerikaner (Denmark)
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  • 120 min
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Trivia One key role, that of the Sarkhanese Prime Minister, was filled quite capably by a non-professional, Kukrit Pramoj, a prominent Thai newspaper publisher, former Thai Finance Minister, and, as fate would have it, future Prime Minister (1975-76). Speaking in Bangkok the day after its world premiere, the film's star, Marlon Brando, brought forth gasps by labeling his precocious co-star a "dissembler, liar and thief." Before shock could turn to indignation, Brando, straight face intact, quickly broke the stunned silence. "Mr. Kukrit told me he couldn't act, and then proceeded to prove he could act and, in fact, acted me off the screen. He stole the whole show." See more »
Goofs As it is landing, the TWA plane is a Convair 880. When it arrives at the gate for deplaning, it has turned into a Boeing 707. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Brando (2007). See more »
Soundtracks America the Beautiful See more »

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