The Constant Gardener

2005

The Constant Gardener

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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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Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Justin Quayle
Rachel Weisz
as Tessa Quayle
Hubert Kounde
as Arnold Bluhm
Danny Huston
as Sandy Woodrow
Bill Nighy
as Sir Bernard Pellegrin
Packson Ngugi
as Officer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo Agweyu
as Journo's Wife
Keith Pearson
as Porter Coleridge
John Sibi-Okumu
as Dr. Joshua Ngaba
Donald Sumpter
as Tim Donohue
Archie Panjabi
as Ghita Pearson
Gerard McSorley
as Sir Kenneth Curtiss
Juliet Aubrey
as Gloria Woodrow
Jacqueline Maribe
as Wanza Kiluhu
Samuel Otage
as Mustafa
Mumbi Kaigwa
as Grace Makanga
John Moller
as Athletic Unshaven Man
Andre Leenheer
as Shaven-Headed Man
Lydia M. Manyasi
as Kenyan Newsreader
Steenie Njoroge
as 1st Journalist
Stuart Wheeler
as 2nd Journalist
Chris Payne Gilbert
as Mike Mildren
Nyajima Jial
as Esmerelda
Brigid M. Kakenyi
as Hospital Administrator
Ainea Ojiambo
as Police Driver
Peter King Nzioki
as Policeman No. 1
Ng'ang'a Kirumburu
as Policeman No. 2
Ben Parker
as Det. Insp. Deasey
John Keogh
as Immigration Official
Jeffrey Caine
as Club Servant
Richard McCabe
as Arthur Hammond
Rupert Simonian
as Guido Hammond
Teresa Harder
as Birgit's Secretary
Thomas Chemnitz
as Uniformed Policeman
Eva Plackner
as Crossing Guard
Claire Simpson
as Maude Donohue
Sidede Onyulo
as Jonah Andika
Dang Wuor Dew
as Sudanese Man
Ben Gardiner
as Harry Woodrow
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  • Jun 05, 2016
    The movie has an average script well supported by a lead star cast, who ably perform well under the director Fernando Meirelles tutelage. This is based on John la Carre novels. Rachel Weisz plays Tessa, wife of Justin Quayle played by Ralph Fieness who is interested in gardening, hence the name, "The Constant Gardener". The movie deals with the delicate topic of Clinical trials conducted by multi-national companies on innocent people in far-flung countries were they are devoid of any rules, and even if there are any, it's easy to bend them as per their convenience. Even though it is not clear who supervises the kill order on Justin Quayle, it has to be Sandy, because they don't show the face of the man, except a British voice welcomes him. Overall, a good watch, with Ralph Fieness as a nice, reticent man and his wife played by Rachel Weisz who is completely opposite of him, added with a mixture of corporate clinical trials drama thrown in for a very good measure.
    Mohet N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2014
    Pretty interesting. Ralph Fiennes, though I'm not usually a fan of him, is great here. Rachel Weisz, however, is absolutely annoying throughout the movie. You're supposed to empathize with Fiennes' character when his wife gets killed, but as awful as it is to say, you should actually be happy for him instead.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2014
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  • Jan 26, 2013
    A good but not great political thriller, The Constant Gardener starts interestingly enough, but then plays out in a long, slow-paced manner for the next thirty or forty minutes. It does speed up a bit after this, but by then I had lost much of my interest. The performances are good from both Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, especially Fiennes. If you can withstand the overly long exposition at the beginning, The Constant Gardener makes for a relatively entertaining film. Only a lukewarm recommendation from me though.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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