The Quiet American

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Released 2002

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Director:
Phillip Noyce
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
The acclaimed performances of two-time Academy Award-winner Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser power a stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American (Fraser) becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist (Caine). As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion, and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Star Michael Caine, who gives one of the great, inescapably moving performances in a career filled with them, based his character on personal impressions of the late author. And Gr...

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Fowler may be the richest character of Mr. Caine's screen career. Slipping into his skin with an effortless grace, this great English actor gives a performance of astonishing under...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    One of Caine's meatiest roles, and he handles it with power, humanity and remarkable emotional fluidity; from the opening moments, an enormous amount comes through his eyes alone.

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    Espionage, Thrillers, Historical, Love & Romance, Politics