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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Justin Quayle
... Tessa Quayle
... Dr. Arnold Bluhm (as Hubert Kounde)
... Sandy Woodrow
Daniele Harford ... Miriam
Packson Ngugi ... Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ... Jomo's Wife
Bernard Otieno Oduor ... Jomo
... Sir Bernard Pellegrin
Keith Pearson ... Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu ... Dr. Joshua Ngaba
... Tim Donohue
... Ghita Pearson
Nick Reding ... Crick
... Sir Kenneth Curtiss
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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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Love. At any cost. See more »


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Rated R for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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The film's title, The Constant Gardener (2005), refers to the character of Justin Quayle, who is played by actor Ralph Fiennes, and as such, Fiennes portrays the movie's title role / title character. See more »

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When Justin is in Germany, and he walks up to a crossing, the camera pans by two mature female extras. One stares right into the camera and sticks her tongue out. See more »

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[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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END CREDITS DISCLAIMER: Nobody in this story, and no outfit or corporation, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world. But I can tell you this; as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard. --John Le Carré See more »

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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(1893)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Rachel Weisz
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Beautiful, Haunting and mesmerizing
31 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Great romantic thrill ride that is made even more special by the performances of Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, who both give this adaptation of the John Le Carre book a real sense of beauty, dignity and grace with their on target performances. Weisz is perfection as Tessa Qualye, a civil rights activist who is murdered for trying to bring awareness of their illegal practices on the poor natives of an African village. Weisz gives her character a self-righteous drive that is made poignant by her determination and sheer will and she also makes her character human, not a stereotype, which makes her performance the more real. Ralph Finnes plays her grieving husband Justin, who takes up her cause and begins to lean of how wonderful his wife really was and what he missed during the time she was alive. His haunted performance is in my opinion his best ever and is the driving point of this haunting odyssey of justice, lost and self sacrifice. Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes both deserve Oscar nominations for their superb performances and Fernando Meirelles deserves one as well for his superb direction that puts you smack in the middle of the story that is unfolding right in front of you.

Hands down, the best film of the year so far.


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