The Quiet American 1958

The Quiet American

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During the 1950s, Thomas Fowler (Michael Redgrave) is a British journalist stationed in Vietnam to cover the growing unrest. While in the country, he begins an extramarital affair with a beautiful young Vietnamese woman, Phuong (Giorgia Moll). However, their romance is interrupted by Alden Pyle (Audie Murphy), an idealistic American economist in Vietnam on an aid mission. When Pyle proposes to Phuong, Fowler accuses him of secretly dealing weapons.

Cast

Audie Murphy
as The American
Michael Redgrave
as Thomas Fowler
Claude Dauphin
as Inspector Vigot
Kerima
as Miss Hei
Bruce Cabot
as Bill Granger
Fred Sadoff
as Dominguez
Richard Loo
as Mister Heng
Peter Trent
as Eliot Wilkins
Clinton Anderson
as Joe Morton
Yoko Tani
as Hostess
Vo Doan Chau
as Cao-Dai Commandant
Le Van Le
as Cao-Dai Pope's Deputy
Le Quynh
as Masked Man
Georges Brehat
as French Colonel
Long Nguyen
as Boy with Mask
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Critic Reviews for The Quiet American

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  • Feb 27, 2013
    Adequate version of Greene's story no more. Redgrave is good though.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2012
    An American steals a cynical British reporter's Vietnamese girlfriend against the backdrop of international intrigue during the French occupation of Vietnam. Once again, Joseph L. Mankiewicz knows how to tell a good story. The characters are all finely drawn, and though the typical Mankiewicz strategies of flashbacks and voice-overs get tired and over-used, the typical Mankiewicz theme of attempting to maintain one's integrity never gets old. In this iteration of Mankiewicz's oeuvre, a British reporter cares about nothing but his own interests and his own happiness, but the rhetoric of selflessness challenges his worldview. The dramatic question of whether or not he would rise to higher concerns than his own interests is quite compelling. The remake with Michael Caine is better than the original because it's truer to Graham Greene's novel, but this is certainly a noble effort. Overall, this is a compelling story and a strong film with great performances.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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