The Quiet American2003
The Quiet American (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Quiet American
The Quiet American is a lovely little mover, barely breaking into a sweat as it dances its dreadful dance of love and need to the backing tune of political unrest, moral ambiguity and subterfuge.
[Caine] gives one of his best performances, whether dissembling a new-found inner steel under questioning or breaking down in the privacy of a toilet.
Caine, who also starred in one other Greene adaptation, 1983's The Honorary Consul, is the essence of almost all the author's misfits -- a practiced cynic masking an aching romantic.
Noyce has no trouble convincing us he's made a film for our times. Even better, he's done it without upsetting the climate of the place where all Greene's novels are set, regardless of their actual position on the map.
The Quiet American was filmed in Vietnam and does a wonderful job of conveying a sense of place and time.
Audience Reviews for The Quiet American
A faithful adaptation of Greene's wonderful novel, very well edited and with an exquisite production design, a beautiful score and Michael Caine in one of his best performances - besides the exceptional way that the narrative interweaves romance and politics to near perfection.
Graham Greene novels tend to make the transition to cinema quite well, and this political drama set in the years preceding America's involvement in Vietnam is no exception. It's an interesting period piece as the subject matter is rarely seen on the screen and Michael Caine lends his usual presence and skill to the part of a British foreign correspondent who loses his objective detachment after becoming involved with the affairs of an American aid worker. It's a well made and well intentioned film but I found it a little schizophrenic, unable to decide whether it's core was romantic drama or political intrigue. I was far more interested in the political side of things but neither aspect seemed fully developed and only Caine's performance really engaged as Brendan Fraser seemed out of his element. A decent attempt though but it in no way equals the visceral impact or emotion of the likes of The Killing Fields or Salvador.
Michael Caine gives a very fine and remarkable performance. Brendon Fraser gives an exceptable and great performance. A unique and masterful thriller.
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