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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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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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The highly anticipated international thriller from John le Carré & Fernando Meirelles the Academy Award nominated director of City of God See more »


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

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Release Date:

31 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardinero fiel See more »

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Fernando Meirelles replaced Mike Newell as the film's director. Newell was originally set to direct, but he dropped out after being offered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), which co-incidentally also featured actor Ralph Fiennes. See more »

Goofs

Berlin Main Station opened in June 2006, the building took more than 10 years. Before this. Trains only passed through the station, but did not stop there. So, Justin Quayle cannot have arrived at Berlin Main Station in 2004, when the movie is set, as it is implied. Also, long distance trains only stop underground. The tracks above ground are reserved only for regional trains. 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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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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Referenced in Behind the Truth (2013) See more »

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So Sei Viver No Samba
Written by Ari Moraes
Performed by Cibelle
Published by Les Editions De La Bascule / Strictly Confidential (BMI)
Under license from Ziriguiboom / Crammed Discs
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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An unbelievable (in both senses) piece of crap
9 June 2007 | by wapiokamSee all my reviews

Literally, nothing holds water here. Is this the same John le Carré who wrote some of the best plots ever? Forget about the pretentious narration (OK, we got He loved Her SOOOO MUCH after the second flashback...) and the shaky "more real than real" cinematography. But the story! Another universal conspiracy everybody's part of and no one knows about because all the good guys get murdered in a very complicated way. Two utterly obnoxious leads (the only lovable person in the movie is Bill Nighy's baddie, but there's not nearly enough of him) who behave like lunatics (Fiennes delaying the plane's take-off...). A VEDDY VEDDY important report of which one single copy is sent to the only guy who shall throw it into a shredder. A compromising letter which suddenly shows up in the middle of Africa, because no one thought of hiding it well. No Guardian's or NYT's reporter to be seen. A pharmaceutical firm killing people apparently for the sheer kick of it, because no other point could be guessed.

Come on, we know capitalism is the absolute evil, but even this dead horse can be and has been whipped more efficiently that THAT.


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