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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.

Director:

Fernando Meirelles

Writers:

Jeffrey Caine (screenplay), John le Carré (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Justin Quayle
Rachel Weisz ... Tessa Quayle
Hubert Koundé ... Dr. Arnold Bluhm (as Hubert Kounde)
Danny Huston ... Sandy Woodrow
Daniele Harford Daniele Harford ... Miriam
Packson Ngugi Packson Ngugi ... Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu Damaris Itenyo Agweyu ... Jomo's Wife
Bernard Otieno Oduor Bernard Otieno Oduor ... Jomo
Bill Nighy ... Sir Bernard Pellegrin
Keith Pearson Keith Pearson ... Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu John Sibi-Okumu ... Dr. Joshua Ngaba
Donald Sumpter ... Tim Donohue
Archie Panjabi ... Ghita Pearson
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Crick
Gerard McSorley ... Sir Kenneth Curtiss
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Production Notes

Country:

UK | Germany | USA | China | Kenya

Language:

English | Italian | Swahili | German

Release Date:

31 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardinero fiel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,577,000, 4 September 2005

Gross USA:

$33,579,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,466,670
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Sound Mix:

DTS (as dts)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Producer Simon Channing Williams welcomed the new light that director Fernando Meirelles cast on the film's subject matter. Channing Williams noted: "I feared we might get stuck in a 'middle-class British male' box. When Fernando signed on, suddenly all those middle-class prejudices were thrown out the window. Instead, we were getting an entirely new vision of the world that [John] le Carré wrote about, visualized from a deeply intelligent foreign national's point of view. Fernando's perception is all to do with character as opposed to class. Our British class structure is not important to him; it was great that we could get away from that, and tell the story as seen by 95% of the rest of the world." See more »

Goofs

When Tessa plays a QuickTime movie, the movie's counter stays at 0:00 and the progress indicator doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

END CREDITS DEDICATION: This film is dedicated to Yvette Pierpaoli and all other aid workers who lived and died giving a damn. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Embracing Africa: Filming in Kenya (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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 marylivesSee 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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