The English Patient 1996

The English Patient

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Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.

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The sweeping expanses of the Sahara are the setting for a passionate love affair in this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel. A badly burned man, Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), is tended to by a nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), in an Italian monastery near the end of World War II. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his work mapping the African landscape. Hana learns to heal her own scars as she helps the dying man.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Fiennes
Count Laszlo de Almásy
Willem Dafoe
David Caravaggio
Kristin Scott Thomas
Katharine Clifton
Naveen Andrews
Lt. Kip Singh
Colin Firth
Geoffrey Clifton
Clive Merrison
Fenelon-Barnes
Michael Ondaatje
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Scott Greenstein
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Gabriel Yared
Original Music
John Seale
Cinematographer
Walter Murch
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Critic Reviews for The English Patient

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (13)

  • If Minghella's debut feature Truly, Madly, Deeply was overrated -- a Ghost for the NW3 set -- this movie is a quantum leap towards cinema's potential for magic.

    February 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • You can take your brain to The English Patient and you will not be insulted. Your eyes will not be offended either. This scarcely makes Minghella's film the best in the world; it just makes it loom large.

    February 4, 2020 | Full Review…

    Geoff Brown

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Its wit, sophistication and artistry never are at odds with the fundamental pull of a powerful love story that out-Zhivagos Doctor Zhivago because it respects love's mysteries, admits it doesn't know the heart's boundaries.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • Relentlessly beautiful, but not quite stupifyingly so

    March 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It took a filmmaker with Anthony Minghella's vision to even attempt an adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. And it took a filmmaker with Minghella's talent to pull it off.

    February 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Could this possibly be the Casablanca of the late 20th century?

    January 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The English Patient

  • Jul 04, 2014
    The kind of overlong and self-important epic-scale drama that seems tailor-made to win every award for its outstanding visuals, performances, make-up and editing, but which suffers from an excess of characters and subplots while lacking in focus and meaning.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2013
    A great and touching tragedy two two distinct and equally rewarding romances, one in the "present" and one in the "past". An honest and rewarding depiction of Ondaatje's work.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2013
    Though its script isn't perfect, and the romance between supporting characters Hanna and Kip feels slightly extraneous, "The English Patient" is a well-acted, beautifully lensed romance story that evokes memories of other cinematic classics (and Best Picture Oscar winners) "Casablanca" and "Lawrence of Arabia" with its epic storytelling and lavish production design, impressing on both a technical and emotional level.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Excellent, moving film. Fiennes can do no wrong. This is one of the few films in which I appreciated Willen Defoe's acting.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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