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With: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen
Written by: Christopher Hampton, Robert Schenkkan, based on the novel by Graham Greene
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
MPAA Rating: R for images of violence and some language
Running Time: 101
Date: 09/09/2002

The Quiet American (2002)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

The Greene Mile

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Michael Caine won the San Francisco Film CriticsCircle award for his understated performance as Thomas Fowler, a Britishreporter stationed in 1950s Vietnam. The American of the title is AldenPyle (Brendan Fraser), who ostensibly wants to provide medical care forthe locals but may have a darker agenda. Certainly he wants to stealFowler's girl, the beautiful young Vietnamese woman Phuong (Do Thi HaiYen), whom Fowler can't marry. Director Phillip Noyce landed a beautifulone-two punch with this and Rabbit-Proof Fence, two political filmswith politics in the background and delicate human storytelling in theforeground. Based on Graham Greene's 1955 novel.