The Constant Gardener (2005)

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Critic Consensus: The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.

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When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find the truth surrounding her murder. In the process, he finds out that his wife had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Therefore, those who may have had the most reason to silence her are closer to home than he ever imagined.
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R (for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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$33,565,375.00
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Cast

Bill Nighy
as Sir Bernard Pellegrin
Ralph Fiennes
as Justin Quayle
Rachel Weisz
as Tessa Quayle
Danny Huston
as Sandy Woodrow
Archie Panjabi
as Ghita Pearson
Gerard McSorley
as Sir Kenneth Curtiss
Donald Sumpter
as Tim Donohue
Hubert Kounde
as Arnold Bluhm
Sidede Onyulo
as Jonah Andika
Juliet Aubrey
as Gloria Woodrow
Ben Gardiner
as Harry Woodrow
Packson Ngugi
as Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu
as Journo's Wife
Richard McCabe
as Arthur Hammond
Teresa Harder
as Birgit's Secretary
Nick Reding
as Crick
John Keogh
as Immigration Official
Ben Parker
as Det. Insp. Deasey
Chris Payne Gilbert
as Mike Mildren
Jeffrey Caine
as Club Servant
John Sibi-Okumu
as Dr. Joshua Ngaba
Keith Pearson
as Porter Coleridge
Steenie Njoroge
as 1st Journalist
Ng'ang'a Kirumburu
as Policeman No. 2
Rupert Simonian
as Guido Hammond
Eva Plackner
as Crossing Guard
Mumbi Kaigwa
as Grace Makanga
Ainea Ojiambo
as Police Driver
Claire Simpson
as Maude Donohue
Stuart Wheeler
as 2nd Journalist
Peter King Nzioki
as Policeman No. 1
Jacqueline Maribe
as Wanza Kiluhu
Samuel Otage
as Mustafa
John Moller
as Athletic Unshaven Man
Andre Leenheer
as Shaven-Headed Man
Lydia M. Manyasi
as Kenyan Newsreader
Nyajima Jial
as Esmerelda
Brigid M. Kakenyi
as Hospital Administrator
Thomas Chemnitz
as Uniformed Policeman
Dang Wuor Dew
as Sudanese Man
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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (41)

Fernando Meirelles, codirector of City of God, stresses old-fashioned storytelling and takes full advantage of his cast, including Danny Huston.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
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... Ralph Fiennes gives one of the year's subtlest, yet most exciting, screen performances ...

December 8, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Fiennes carries Le Carré's spirit with a slow-burning performance that operates on two fronts: As a powerful indictment of third-world abuses by pharmaceutical companies, and as a widower's moving investigation into his shattered relationship.

September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Rises to a pitch of terror and outrage that leaves one shaken.

Full Review… | September 1, 2005
Christian Science Monitor
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Meirelles clearly trusts his actors, particularly Fiennes and Weisz: The plot of The Constant Gardener is fairly intricate, but in the end, the story is told mostly in their faces.

Full Review… | August 31, 2005
Salon.com
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The Constant Gardener is beautifully structured, an artful mix of forward motion and flashbacks.

Full Review… | August 31, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Constant Gardener

½

Meirelles directs this taut political thriller with a remarkable control over the material in his hands and fantastic performances from his cast, and the result is a gripping, suspenseful mystery, an engaging love story and an intelligent statement on an important subject.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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"Taut political thriller" is a label that's used about a hundred times for every one film that earns it; The Constant Gardener is one worthy of the mantle. And not only is it a political story, it's a human one, too. Next to no unnecessary shots in this one, with strong acting and images that will stay with you. A good director takes on a novel by the famous thriller writer John Le Carré and the result is an excellent movie.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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