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The Quiet American (2002)

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An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Christopher Hampton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Thomas Fowler
Brendan Fraser ... Alden Pyle
Thi Hai Yen Do Thi Hai Yen Do ... Phuong
Rade Serbedzija ... Inspector Vigot (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Tzi Ma ... Hinh
Robert Stanton ... Joe Tunney
Holmes Osborne ... Bill Granger
Quang Hai Quang Hai ... General Thé
Ferdinand Hoang ... Mr. Muoi
Pham Thi Mai Hoa Pham Thi Mai Hoa ... Phuong's Sister
Mathias Mlekuz Mathias Mlekuz ... French Captain
Kevin Tran Kevin Tran ... Watch Tower Soldier
Lap Phan ... Watch Tower Soldier
Tim Bennett Tim Bennett ... American Photographer
Jeff Truman ... Dancing American
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Storyline

British Thomas Fowler enjoys his life in Saigon working as a reporter for the London Times, covering the war in Vietnam between the colonial French powers and the Communists, who seem to be winning the war. In the later stages of his career, he takes his job lightly now, filing stories only on occasion, and no longer doing field work. But most importantly, this posting allows him to escape from what he considers a dreary life in London, including an unsatisfying marriage to a Catholic woman, who will never grant him a divorce, which in turn allows him to have an affair with a young Vietnamese ex-taxi dancer named Phuong, whom he loves and would marry if he were able. Phuong's sister doesn't much like Fowler, if only because he cannot provide a stable future for her. His idyllic life is threatened when the head office suggests he go back to London. In this way, he decides to write a major story to prove to his superiors that he should stay in Saigon. In 1952, Fowler is called into the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In war, the most powerful weapon is seduction.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for images of violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The title refers to the character of Alden Pyle. In The Quiet American (1958), the character, portrayed by Audie Murphy, was billed in the closing credits just as "The American". See more »

Goofs

Following the dinner at Arc en Ciel (around 21st minute) , Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser goes out of the restaurant and chat there shortly. An extra woman waiting on the other side of the street makes it so obvious that she has to walk only after the 2 men walk a few steps in front of the restaurant. It lowers down the natural flow of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Thomas Fowler: [narrating] I can't say what made me fall in love with Vietnam.That a woman's voice can drug you? That everything is so intense? The colors, the taste, even the rain. Nothing like the filthy rain in London.
Thomas Fowler: They say whatever you're looking for, you will find here. They say you come to Vietnam and you understand a lot in a few minutes, but the rest has got to be lived. The smell: that's the first thing that hits you, promising everything in exchange for your soul. And the heat. Your ...
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Connections

Spoofed in Holliston: Blobby (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

J'ai Deux Amours
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Georges Koger and Henri Varna
Performed by Natasha Hunter
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Thi Hai Yen Do
11 May 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Her presence. her impecable performance. like beautiful cinematography. and the performances of Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser. as key of a drama who seduce, imprese, surprise, provoke. not only as inspired adaptation. but as an useful reflection about present. not a critic. not a revelation. only a sort of precise conclusion. about people, choices, trust and the way to define the reality. it is one films about Vietnam who gives to you the feeling to discover the essence of that land in centre of war. you feel the land and the air and the rain and the pain of people. grace of cinematography, off course. but not only. because it is a film who shows new manner to see the life. as reflection of yourself and as the fruit of fundamental options. so, more than a good film. maybe, one of real useful.


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Official Sites:

Miramax | Studio Canal

Country:

UK | Germany | USA | Vietnam | Australia | France | Canada

Language:

English | French | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Saigon, Vietnam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,663, 24 November 2002

Gross USA:

$12,988,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,674,124
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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