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The Quiet American (2002)

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An older 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 ... 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 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 conflict 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 important, 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 Fowler cannot provide a stable future for her. His idyllic life is threatened when 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 ... Written by Huggo

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In war, the most powerful weapon is seduction.


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

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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:

Der stille Amerikaner See more »

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,987,647, 3 August 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,674,124, 31 December 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The house address of Thomas Fowler was 73C Rue D'Ormay, Saigon. See more »

Goofs

Alden's dog "Duke" is a "meat mouth" Shar-Pei. This variation of the breed did not become common until after Shar-Pei had been brought to the U.S. in the 1960s, more than ten years after the events in this film are set. See more »

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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

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
French lyrics by Édith Piaf
English lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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The First Casualty of War is Always the Truth!
17 October 2007 | by liberalgemsSee all my reviews

This is a tremendously powerful film, one that should be required as a part of any high school or college American history class curriculum. Conservatives will hate it (too bad!) and the rest of us will be moved, and deeply troubled, by it's many implications. You might even shed a tear or two, like I did.

Graham Greene, who's book this movie is adapted from is one of my heroes. He was a household name in the 60's and early 70's. And, he deserves to be one again! Haven't we learned a thing from Viet Nam? Or, are we Americans all suffering from amnesia? Pentagon Papers anyone? Remember the notorious "Domino Theory?" If we don't save Vietnam from Communism the whole of Asia will go down the drain, and then those blasted Commies will someday be knocking at our door!

Oh, the grand "Big Lie" strikes again in the 2000's! Why did so many of us believe our Federal government would "never" mislead the public on the reasons for the Iraq War? But here we go again, repeating history. We are such fools, it's truly amazing!


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