The Quiet American

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Released 1958

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Director:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Released:
1958
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The Quiet American is acclaimed 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene's classic mystery romance directed by Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm). Saigon in 1952 has become home to London Times correspondent Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine). Fowler is a decent man, but disengaged. The war is less important to him than staying with Phuong (Do Thi Han Yen), a beauty he met in a dance hall. A telegram that threatens to recall him to London disturbs his quiet life, as does Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), a young American ostensibly on a U.S.-sponsored medical mission. Because Fowler's wife in England won't divorce him, he can't offer marriage. But Pyle can. Fowler tries to uncover the truth about a massacre to buy time with London. His suspicion points to an upstart Vietnamese general, supported by unknown sources, who is driving a wedge between Viet Minh insurgents and the French. And clues hint that Pyle is involved. Romance and politics become entangled as Fowler realizes that to keep his woman, he must get rid of Pyle, a man whose good-natured innocence he can't help but like.moreless
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