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The Quiet American (2002)

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

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Inspector Vigot (as Rade Sherbedgia)
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Joe Tunney
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Bill Granger
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General Thé
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Mr. Muoi
Pham Thi Mai Hoa ...
Phuong's Sister
Mathias Mlekuz ...
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Lap Phan ...
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American Photographer
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British Thomas Fowler enjoys his life in Saigon working as a reporter for the London Times, covering the conflict 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 important, 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 Fowler cannot provide a stable future for her. His idyllic life is threatened when 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 ... Written by Huggo

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In war, the most powerful weapon is seduction.


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Rated R for images of violence and some language | See all certifications »

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7 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£240,552 (UK) (1 December 2002)

Gross:

$12,987,647 (USA) (3 August 2003)
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It was voted one of the top 10 Best Films of the 2002 year by the American Film Institute (AFI) with the picture making the organization's Top Ten list for this year. See more »

Goofs

Alden shows Phuong a picture of Fanueuil Hall in Boston and says, "This is Fanway Hall". Sounds like Fenway Hall. Bostonians say 'Fanyel" hall, or less often, 'Fan-you-well' hall. Fenway Park is where the Red Sox play, so named because is is near the Fens, a marshy area off the Charles river. Fenway has nothing to do with Faneuil. See more »

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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 ...
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Referenced in The Quiet American: Featurette (2002) See more »

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Dich Mau Biet Kim Lang
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Performed by Co Nam Can Tho
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Very good movie
12 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good movie, close to the book. Recommended for everyone, especially for the ones who have read the book. Very very pictorial and beautiful, creates the atmosphere and impressions you'd have if you read the original story. The cast is wonderful; the actors' play is excellent. Besides, actor playing Fowler is from London, actor playing Pyle is American, so they look close to what the author of the book wanted them to be. Pyle, however, could be less bully-looking, in my opinion; I imagined him to be somewhat lighter, but I quickly forgot about it as the movie went on. The movie is built on contrasts: the contrasts between main characters, the contrasts of Vietnam, even the contrast in accents (I counted at least 5 different accents: British,American,french,strong/weak Chinese). Also, the movie is rather brief and is therefore quite dynamic, the time is not wasted in it. That's why it's only 3/2 hours long. This is the kind of movie that will not make you wait until it's finished. I highly recommend this movie for everyone with a taste for good movies.


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