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The Quiet American ()


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

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Thomas Fowler
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Alden Pyle
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Phuong
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Inspector Vigot (as Rade Sherbedgia)
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Hinh
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Joe Tunney
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Bill Granger
Quang Hai ...
General Thé
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Mr. Muoi
Pham Thi Mai Hoa ...
Phuong's Sister
Mathias Mlekuz ...
French Captain
Kevin Tran ...
Watch Tower Soldier
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Watch Tower Soldier
Tim Bennett ...
American Photographer
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Dancing American
Hong Nhung ...
House of 500 Girls' Singer
Ha Phong Nguyen ...
Muoi's Henchman (as Nguyen Ha Phong)
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House of 500 Girls' Woman
Lucia Noyce ...
American Woman
Hiliary Douglas ...
American Woman
Daniel Hung ...
Assassin
Kim Hoan Nguyen ...
Assassin
Mai Nguyen Trinh ...
Assassin (as Trinh Mal Nguyen)
Pham Trong ...
Assassin
Tran Do Luc ...
Vietnamese Policeman
Cong Nguyen ...
Vietnamese Guard (as Nguyen Cong Ly)
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French Soldier (as George Mangos)
Natasha Hunter ...
French Singer
Martine Monroe ...
French Singer
José De la Vega ...
Hotel Continental Maitre d'
Roland Rohrer ...
Vieux Moulin Maitre d'
Susan Parry ...
French Woman
Anh Dung Nguyen ...
Mechanic in Muoi's Garage (as Nguyen Anh Dung)
Peter Holdsworth ...
Pyle's Bodyguard
Ngoc Tuan Hoang ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Trece Lambatan ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Erwin Abarico ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Jun Javier ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Van Phuoc Nguyen ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Mark Szeto ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Askar Nurlanov ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Douglas Gallagher ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Nicholas Parry ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Vov Dylan ...
L'arc en Ciel Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Khoa Do ...
Vietnamese Policeman (uncredited)
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Protestor (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by

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Phillip Noyce

Written by

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Graham Greene ... (novel)
 
Christopher Hampton ... (screenplay) and
Robert Schenkkan ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Staffan Ahrenberg ... producer
Steve E. Andrews ... associate producer (as Steve Andrews)
Antonia Barnard ... line producer
Moritz Borman ... executive producer
Yanko Damboulev ... co-producer
Matthias Deyle ... producer: IMF
Guy East ... executive producer
Oliver Hengst ... line producer
William Horberg ... producer
Roland Loubet ... co-producer
Kathleen McLaughlin ... co-producer
Anthony Minghella ... executive producer
Dieter Nobbe ... executive producer
Sydney Pollack ... executive producer
Eyal Rimmon ... co-producer (as Eyal Rimon)
Volker Schauz ... executive producer
Chris Sievernich ... executive producer
Nigel Sinclair ... executive producer

Music by

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Craig Armstrong ... (original music)

Cinematography by

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Christopher Doyle ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Scott

Editorial Department

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Kerri Aungle ... negative cutter
Jason Ballantine ... first assistant editor
Kirsty Bruce ... assistant editor
David Burrows ... assistant editor
Arthur Cambridge ... color grader
Olivier Fontenay ... color grader
Al Hansen ... digital colorist
Josie Mason ... post-production coordinator
Anna McDonnell ... post-production coordinator
Chris Plummer ... first assistant editor
Phil Stuart-Jones ... on-line editor
Royce Smith ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Christine King
Swan Pham

Production Design by

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Roger Ford

Art Direction by

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Annie Beauchamp
Ian Gracie ... supervising art director
Jeffrey Thorp ... (as Jeff Thorp)

Set Decoration by

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Kerrie Brown
Jennifer Alisa Kornkosar

Costume Design by

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Norma Moriceau

Makeup Department

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Maree McDonald ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Anita Morgan ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Ben Nye Jr. ... key makeup artist / makeup artist: Mr. Fraser
Margaret Stevenson ... hair styles supervisor / makeup artist: Mr. Caine / makeup supervisor
Cheryl Williams ... key hair stylist
Nadine Wilkie ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Catherine Bishop ... unit production manager
Jane Maguire ... post-production supervisor
Andy Pappas ... unit manager
Volker Schauz ... production manager
Chanh Tran ... pre-production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Steve E. Andrews ... first assistant director (as Steve Andrews)
China De La Vega ... additional assistant director: Vietnam
DTeflon ... assistant director
Tran Viet Duc ... second assistant director: Vietnam
Todd Embling ... third assistant director
Wilbur Gonzalez ... additional assistant director: Vietnam
Glen Graves ... additional assistant director: Vietnam
Jacinta Hayne ... second assistant director
Du Hai Lam ... third assistant director: Vietnam
Jennifer Leacey ... second assistant director: prep
Dang Nhat Minh ... second unit director
Giovanni Pacialeo ... additional assistant director (as Johnny Pacialeo)
Lucy Sumner ... additional assistant director: Vietnam (as Lucy Cooper)
Thi Bich Ngoc Tran ... second assistant director: Vietnam (as Tran Thi Bich Ngoc)

Art Department

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Sean Ahern ... foreman
Matt Baldwin ... leading hand
Ian Bickerton ... lead hand
Josh Bush ... leading hand carpenter
Gary Cameron ... miniatures
Rowan e Cassidy ... matte painter (as Rowan Cassidy)
Alex Chomicz ... art depertment assistant
Dominic Connor ... construction rigging
Matt Connors ... head scenic artist
Richie Dehne ... property master
Beverley Dunn ... property buyer
Roger Gillespie ... plaster foreman
Greg Hajdu ... construction coordinator
Gordon Hobkirk ... art department
Elaine Kusmishko ... assistant designer
Marian Long ... lead set dresser
Billy Malcolm ... scenic artist
Simon McCutcheon ... assistant set decorator
Karyn-Lee 'Lilly' Miyoshi ... assistant property master
Orlando Murray ... car wrangler
Shanthi Nadaraja ... construction coordinator
Robina Osborne ... art department accountant
Andy Robinson ... set finisher
David Russell ... storyboard artist
Michael Swingle ... leading hand scenic artist
Ben Walsh ... graphic artist
Tony Williams ... assistant art director
Michael Garrett ... graphic artist: props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christian Bass ... dialogue editor
David Donaldson ... sound designer
Dylan A. Flores ... adr mixer (as Diana Flores)
Mark Franken ... sound effects editor
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer
Antony Gray ... supervising sound editor
Frank Lipson ... sound effects editor
Linda Murdoch ... dialogue editor
Andrew Neil ... re-recording mix assistant
Livia Ruzic ... dialogue editor
Roger Savage ... re-recording mixer
Guntis Sics ... production sound mixer
Blair Slater ... adr & foley mixer
Michael Thompson ... re-recording mixer
Gareth Vanderhope ... sound designer / sound effects editor
Mark Ward ... dialogue editor
Andy Wright ... assistant re-recording mixer (as Andrew Wright)

Special Effects by

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Rodney Burke ... special effects technician
Steve Courtley ... special effects coordinator
Ray Fowler ... special effects technician
Richard Georgeson ... special effects technician
Leo Henry ... special effects technician
Robert Porter ... special effects technician
Arthur Spink Jr. ... special effects technician
Peter Stubbs ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Charlie Armstrong ... 2D visual effects supervisor
Mark Barber ... digital compositor
Aaron Barclay ... digital compositor
Niki Bern ... digital compositor
Dan Breckwoldt ... Data I/O operator
Rowan e Cassidy ... matte painter (as Rowan Cassidy)
Fiona Crawford ... visual effects producer
Jonathan Dixon ... digital liaison
David Dulac ... 3D supervisor
Rebecca Dunn ... digital compositor
Peter Fisher ... visual effects executive producer: GMD
Craig Fison ... miniatures
Grant Freckelton ... matte painter
Morgane Furio ... Inferno artist
Michael Halford ... matte painter
Mark Harmon ... digital grading
David L. Hewitt ... visual effects producer: GMD (as David Hewitt)
Phillip Lang ... compositor
Kirsty Millar ... 2D visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
Lisa-Anne Morris ... visual effects editor
Ken Phelan ... opticals
Nick Ponzoni ... Video Operations Technician
Murray Pope ... visual effects supervisor
Dane Rapaport ... data operations manager
Robert Sandeman ... digital grading
George Zwier ... digital compositor
James Cooper ... motion graphics assistant: garner maclennan design (uncredited)
Ben De Luca ... systems administrator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Marky Lee Campbell ... stunt performer
Nash Edgerton ... assistant stunt coordinator
Ashley Fairfield ... stunt double
Nigel Harbach ... stunts
Alex Kuzelicki ... stunts
Rocky McDonald ... stunt supervisor (as Douglas McDonald)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mal Booth ... dolly grip
Phil Bray ... still photographer
David Burr ... additional photographer
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan ... second assistant camera
Mark Goellnicht ... additional steadicam operator
Glen Jenkins ... lighting technician
Lee Mariano ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brett Matthews ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Emma Moroney ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Matt Nettheim ... still photographer (as Matthew Nettheim)
Huu Tuan Nguyen ... camera operator: second unit
Luke Nixon ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Troy Paschini ... grip
Bradley Patrick ... Marketing/Publicity Portraits
Brad Shield ... director of photography: second unit / steadicam operator
Paul Thompson ... key grip
David Thomson ... rigging hod
Anthony Tulloch ... best boy

Casting Department

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Miura Kite ... casting coordinator: USA (as Miura Smith)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Natalie Gardner ... costume buyer
Elly Kamal ... costume coordinator
Kerry Thompson ... costume supervisor
Natalie Bracher ... textile artist (uncredited)

Location Management

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Richard Connors ... location manager: Vietnam

Music Department

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Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Nicholas Bucknall ... musician: clarinet
Heather Cairncross ... singer
Peter Davies ... musician
David Donaldson ... music programmer
Matt Dunkley ... conductor / orchestrator
Sarah Eyden ... singer
Andrew Findon ... musician: flute
Geoff Foster ... score recordist
Guy Gross ... composer: additional music
Simon Leadley ... additional music recordist
Julie Pearce ... music editor
Joe E. Rand ... supervising music editor
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Christine Woodruff ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Kristin Witcombe ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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David MacDonald ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Mark Bamford ... production lawyer
Linda Benjamin ... executive: Intermedia Films
Mauro Blanco ... dubbing artist
Nick Byrne ... security: Mr. Fraser
Emma Cooper ... unit publicist
Jane Corden ... financial controller
Miranda Culley ... executive assistant: Mr. Noyce
Kerry Fetzer ... caterer
Emma Ford ... personal assistant
Katie Gordon ... freight coordinator
Jackie Howard ... assistant choreographer
Gavin James ... executive team
Shannon Kors ... executive assistant: Mr. Horberg
Sonia Kruger ... choreographer
Josie Mason ... production secretary
Cory McCall ... executive assistant: Ms. McLaughlin
Anna McDonnell ... production secretary
Rob McEntegart ... executive vice president, business affairs: Intermedia Films
Steve McGillen ... digital mastering
Deborah McNamara ... title designer: main title
Nigel McNulty ... production attorney
Victoria Mielewska ... dialect coach
Leoni Milano ... production assistant (as Leoni Strickland)
Cuong Ngo ... translator
Cian O'Clery ... cast production assistant / production runner
John O'Connell ... choreographer
Donna Ostroff ... assistant: Mr. Pollack
Mikki Pallas ... assistant: Mr. Fraser
Daniel Pritchard ... assistant accountant
Rachel Proudlove ... assistant accountant
Paul Ranford ... production coordinator
Jacquie Robertson ... unit nurse
Zeynep Selcuk ... assistant: Ms. Barnard
Clare Shervington ... production coordinator
Stephen Taylor ... production accountant
Brett Thornquest ... post-production accountant
Anh Hoa Tran ... director's advisor: Vietnam / liaison / translator
Kerryn Vallence ... assistant: Mr. Caine
Leah Wright ... production staff
Mickey Cottrell ... publicist (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker ... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Tim Haslam ... International sales (uncredited)
Jason Mack ... security officer (uncredited)
Andy Mayson ... Intermedia COO (uncredited)
Jason Burke Sutter ... International Sales (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 local Police Inspector's office to provide any information on his friend, thirty-ish American Alden Pyle, who has been found murdered. Fowler had met Pyle the previous year when he arrived in Vietnam to work as part of the American contingent in the Economic Aid Mission. Fowler and Pyle's relationship was not always harmonious, initially as Pyle admitted he too was in love with Phuong and wanted to marry her. That antagonistic relationship would extend to their professional lives, around Fowler believing that the story that would allow him to stay in Vietnam was the rise of a man named General Thé, and Pyle's belief that a third power should come in to take over Vietnam from both the French and the Communists. The question becomes whether Fowler knows more about Pyle's demise than he lets on to the Inspector. Written by Huggo

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Taglines In war, the most powerful weapon is seduction. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Der stille Amerikaner (Germany)
  • Người Mỹ Trầm Lặng (Vietnam)
  • Un Américain bien tranquille (France)
  • Un Américain bien tranquille (Canada, French title)
  • Graham Greene's Quiet American (World-wide, English title)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP240,552, 01 Dec 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia At age sixty-eight, Sir Michael Caine was felt to be too old for his character, but his performance still led him to receive an Oscar nomination. See more »
Goofs (at around 28 mins) While Thomas Fowler is typing, we can see his articles printed in The Times; first article on Friday 7 May 1954 starts "After fifty-six days under siege a cease-fire..." Second article on Wednesday 21 July 1954 starts just the same, "After fifty-six days under siege a cease-fire..." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Quiet American (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Nuoc Non Lam Son 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 shirt is straightaway a rag. You can hardly remember your name, or what you came to escape from. But at night, there's a breeze. The river is beautiful. You could be forgiven for thinking there was no war; that the gunshots were fireworks; that only pleasure matters. A pipe of opium, or the touch of a girl who might tell you she loves you. And then, something happens, as you knew it would. And nothing can ever be the same again.
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