The Quiet American
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"For Caine, it's a peak performance in a career that has had many of them."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A subtle and penetrating work, made to look effortless; nothing is forced or pushed, so much so that it's easy to overlook the extraordinary challenges posed by Graham Greene's novel."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Mr. Noyce interweaves the political and romantic plots masterfully."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"As a piece of acting, The Quiet American represents a fitting capper to Caine's illustrious career; his portrait of a jaded sybarite whom history nudges into conscientious action is among the year's most moving."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's a political story -- and an uncannily timely one -- yet the politics fade into the background in the wake of Caine's complex and splendid performance."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Além de trazer Caine em uma de suas melhores atuações, esta belíssima adaptação do livro de Greene combina com perfeição a tensão dramática de um triângulo amoroso e a complexidade política do maior teatro de guerra das décadas de 50 a 70."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Oscar nominations it richly deserves, not least for Michael Caine, whose performance as an English reporter goaded out of his comfortable, opium-clouded, ex-pat lifestyle ranks among the very best of his career."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"By cutting Greene's novel down to its most basic action, the screenplay makes the situations look bare and silly--including the Vietnam War itself, which seems to have been merely the opium dream of an old, horny Brit."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"The Quiet American was filmed in Vietnam and does a wonderful job of conveying a sense of place and time."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Old-fashioned storytelling in the best sense of the term."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"The film may be a not especially unusual mystery/thriller, but it's still a solid and entertaining one at that."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Director Phillip Noyce landed a beautiful one-two punch with this and Rabbit-Proof Fence, two political films with politics in the background and delicate human storytelling in the foreground."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"La confrontation, mais aussi l'amitié entre ces deux comédiens au sommet de leur forme, font de The Quiet American un film solide."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
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