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Thoughtful and wonderfully acted, The Quiet American manages to capture the spirit of Green's novel. Read critic reviews

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From the classic novel by Graham Greene comes a murder mystery centered on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in Vietnam, circa 1952. It's the story of a veteran English journalist (Michael Caine), a young American (Brendan Fraser), and a beautiful Vietnamese woman caught between them. This is a world where nothing is what it seems -- suffused with opium, intrigue, and betrayal.

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Michael Caine
Thomas Fowler
Robert Stanton
Joe Tunney
Holmes Osborne
Bill Granger
Pham Thi Mai Hoa
Phuong's Sister
Quang Hai
General Thé
Anthony Minghella
Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack
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Guy East
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Nigel Sinclair
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Moritz Borman
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Chris Sievernich
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Christopher Doyle
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Roger Ford
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John Scott
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Norma Moriceau
Costume Designer
Craig Armstrong
Original Music
Christine King
Casting
Catherine Bishop
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Steve E. Andrews
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  • The Quiet American is a lovely little mover, barely breaking into a sweat as it dances its dreadful dance of love and need to the backing tune of political unrest, moral ambiguity and subterfuge.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Oscar nominations it richly deserves, not least for Michael Caine, whose performance as an English reporter goaded out of his comfortable, opium-clouded, ex-pat lifestyle ranks among the very best of his career.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Caine] gives one of his best performances, whether dissembling a new-found inner steel under questioning or breaking down in the privacy of a toilet.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Caine, who also starred in one other Greene adaptation, 1983's The Honorary Consul, is the essence of almost all the author's misfits -- a practiced cynic masking an aching romantic.

    August 2, 2003 | Rating: A-
  • Adapts a Graham Greene novel with something approaching economy but far removed from finesse.

    March 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • In so many ways, The Quiet American speaks volumes.

    March 10, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Quiet American

  • Aug 07, 2015
    A faithful adaptation of Greene's wonderful novel, very well edited and with an exquisite production design, a beautiful score and Michael Caine in one of his best performances - besides the exceptional way that the narrative interweaves romance and politics to near perfection.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2014
    Caine and Fraser's remake of the Quiet American is quietly not so bad. Fraser has limited acting abilities but it hasn't seemed to matter in his biggest roles. He knows enough to let his co-stars carry the film. Caine is his usual brilliant self.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    Quietly effective exotic love triangle set against a backdrop of political tension.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    The Quiet American told the story of a love triangle which took place in the end of the French War in Indochina in 1952.A British reporter Micheal Caine, an American aid worker Brendan Fraser and a Vietnamese beauty Do Thi Hai Yen were the lead characters of this movie. It opened after the death of Fraser's character and so it showed the rest of the movie explaining what led up to his death. Micheal Caine carried the movie, and narrated it also and Brendan Fraser was convincing in his role.It was a slow paced movie but excellent direction coming from Phillip Noyce and brilliant acting from Michael Caine.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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