The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Director: Phillip Noyce Cast: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Hai Yen

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Graham Greene's allegorical novel about America's role in the Vietnam conflict, and how it was perceived by the rest of the world, is brought to the screen for the second time in this adaptation directed by Phillip Noyce. Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine) is a British journalist who in 1952 is covering the early stages of the war in Indo-China for the London Times, not a demanding assignment since few in England are especially interested in the conflict. When not filing occasional reports, Fowler spends his time with Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen), a beautiful woman who shares lovemaking and opium with Fowler and is willing to accept the fact the married journalist will never make her his wife. Fowler becomes friendly with Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), a cheerful and articulate if seemingly naïve American who is in Saigon as part of a medical mission. As Fowler and Pyle develop a closer friendship, Pyle is introduced to Phuong, and the American soon becomes infatuated with her. When Fowler's editors suggest he return to London, he responds by digging himself deeper in covering the war, and Pyle attempts to take Phuong away; she soon rejects him. Undaunted, Pyle continues with his work, but Fowler discovers that medical help is not what the American is bringing to Vietnam. Pyle is in fact a CIA operative who is helping to organize and finance a "Third Force" who will battle Ho Chi Min's forces as well as the French and their allies. Fowler also learns that Pyle is behind a series of bombings which are believed to have been carried out by Communist extremists, and faces the ugly fact that his American friend is in fact a terrorist killing in the name of Uncle Sam's political interests. While completed in the fall of 2001, The Quiet American went unreleased until late 2002; after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the film's producers felt the film's critical view of America's role in the Vietnam war might be considered especially offensive.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2011
UPC: 0031398137832
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 6,851

Special Features

Closed Caption; Anatomy of a scene; Feature commentary with Director Phillip Noyce, Actors Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser and Tzi Ma, Executive Producer Staffan Ahrenberg and William Horberg, Co-Writer Christopher Hampton, and Interpreter and Advisor to Phillip Noyce, Tran An Hua; Original featurette; DVD-ROM: Enhanced Vietnam Study Guide; Original book reviews "The Quiet American"

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Quiet American
1. A Very Quiet American [7:21]
2. Pleased to Meet You [4:38]
3. Shall We Dance? [6:50]
4. The Curious Sister [5:04]
5. Heading North [4:22]
6. Who are You? [3:24]
7. Everyone Loves a Parade [3:18]
8. Boys Behaving Badly [4:52]
9. Meeting with General Thé [4:35]
10. Out of Gas [8:11]
11. A Letter from Home [5:32]
12. Conspiracy [2:50]
13. The Empty Closet [4:49]
14. An Act of Terror [5:28]
15. Plastics for Peace? [4:14]
16. The Book [5:59]
17. See You Soon [11:47]
18. End Credits [7:19]

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The Quiet American 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I may be only 13 , but I know my movies . This movie was so good that I forgot what was going on in my room . That's how good it was . Micheal Caine was excellent in there and I never knew Brendan Fraser can play in such a serious role . This remains to be one of my favorite movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the person who dreams of films enhancing their reading worlds, ''The Quiet American'' does it all. Stellar acting by Brendan Fraser and Michael Caine make Graham Greene's world incarnate. Never has Greeneland, that place where morality becomes the central issue and the burden of the flesh palpable, understandable and forgivable, looked so lush and been presented with a coherence unusual in a film adaptation of a major work. The only thing that compares is the Russian ''War and Peace'' where Sergei Bondarchuk fully realizes Tolstoy. In Greene, revolutions happen under our noses, as the band plays and overdecorated administrations become bombastic. Such is the way of the world, then and now, and only faith will save you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"They say if you come to Vietnam, you'll understand many thing very quickly. The rest has to be lived." Excellent statement on a beautiful and erudite movie. I never saw Michael Caine at his best in this illustrious film based on Graham Greene's novel of the same novel. If one has ever heard people that have been to Vietnam or knows a veteran of that terrible, fratricidal conflict, you understand the mentality of the complexity of that place and that you do learn much more of life. Also Pyle, based on the mysterious General Maxwell Taylor which Greene met in an opium den, is not as politically naive as originally presented and has an insidious side which turns native Vietnamese into terrorists. Very relevant to our own time or any time. That's why violence and the moral implications in this movie and Graham Greene's book will always be pertinent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago