The Quiet American

2002, Drama, 1h 41m

155 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Thomas Fowler
Holmes Osborne
Bill Granger
Pham Thi Mai Hoa
Phuong's Sister
Quang Hai
General Thé
Anthony Minghella
Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack
Executive Producer
Guy East
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Chris Sievernich
Executive Producer
Christopher Doyle
Cinematographer
Roger Ford
Production Design
John Scott
Film Editing
Norma Moriceau
Costume Design
Craig Armstrong
Original Music
Catherine Bishop
Unit Production Manager
Steve E. Andrews
First Assistant Director
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  • 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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