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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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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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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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Among the many other initiatives undertaken by the producer and new tribal elder Simon Channing Williams and co-producer Tracey Seaward were providing mattresses and linens for the children who board at the local school, and giving the production facilities fee to the entire community - in the form of a trust fund for local children to receive a secondary education. The duo also arranged for any and all disposable props, costumes, and construction materials to be distributed by the mission to neediest in Loiyangalani, Kenya. See more »

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When Tessa is videochatting (under Windows XP) the FFWD/REW controls are clearly visible in the interface. Above the video a text can be read "Buffering 500 mbps", a speed which is impossible to achieve on most lines, especially the consumer-grade connection that the German activist is using. 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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References The English Patient (1996) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Performed by Rachel Weisz
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intelligent story
8 August 2006 | by MLDinTNSee all my reviews

This movie was good; the well written script had a lot to do with it. While many films have plot holes and silly stunts, this movie had a real story and was realistic. You could picture something like this happening in real life. A diplomat's wife, Tessa, is gathering evidence against a big pharmaceutical company, that is using an experimental drug on the poor of Africa. The Africans must give consent to take the drug in order to receive any kind of medical care. The company covers up the people who die from the drug. They are buried in unmarked graves. It seems the company doesn't want to go back to the drawing board with their drug by admitting it has serious side effects. It would the cost the company a couple of years and millions of dollars to redesign the drug. Instead, they adjust the drug undercover so, they can keep running trials on the poor.

Tessa is murdered along with her friend who was helping. Her husband, Justin, starts investigating what his wife was working on, and soon finds his life is in danger.

So, the movie is basically a well acted murder mystery with a believable plot and resolution.

FINAL VERDICT: Well written. I'm sure the teen crowd would say its slow and boring since there are no explosions and girls in bikinis. But, I recommend this if you like intelligent films.


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