Michael Flaherty
August 01, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Quiet American

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
101 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/22/02
performer
Michael Caine, Do Hai Yen, Brendan Fraser
director
Phillip Noyce
distributor
Miramax
author
Christopher Hampton, Robert Schenkkan
genre
Drama, Historical

We gave it a B+

Director Phillip Noyce (”The Bone Collector”) deftly captures Graham Greene’s snapshot of 1952 Vietnam, presaging the United States’ stealthy search for a ”third way” between French colonialism and a communist takeover. The Quiet American‘s love triangle is a less successful rendering, but not for lack of a sublime performance by Michael Caine as world-weary journalist Thomas Fowler. Its real star, however, is cinematographer Christopher Doyle, whose gorgeous mise-en-scene mirrors the turbulent richness of the time. EXTRAS The audio commentary (featuring Noyce, Caine, Brendan Fraser, screenwriter Christopher Hampton, and exec producer Sydney Pollack) achieves an articulate roundtable effect, while the Sundance Channel’s ”Anatomy of a Scene” deconstructs the film’s pivotal, gruesome car-bomb sequence. Also noteworthy: snippets of the novel’s original reviews.

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