The Quiet American (2002)

TitleThe Quiet American (2002)
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsNoyce, Phillip
Running Time1h 41m
Date Released09/2002
DistributorMiramax Films
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish, French

Based on Graham Greene's bestselling 1955 novel of the same name, this remake tackles the moral ambiguity of American involvement in the First Indochina War (1945–54). CIA operative Alden Pyle, played by Brenda Fraser, works to erect a third force between the French and Vietnamese, leading to the arming of rebels and their terrorist attacks in Saigon. An aging British reporter, Tomas Fowler, starred by Michael Caine, exposes Pyle's work after the American Pyle falls in love with his mistress Phuong, played by Thi Hai Yen Do. This adaptation is more faithful to Greene’s novel than the first remake, made in 1958.


Michael Caine

Brendan Fraser

Do Thi Hai Yen


Produced by William Horberg and Staffan Ahrenberg

Directed by Phillip Noyce

Written by Christopher Hampton and Robert Schenkkan

Cinematography by Christopher Doyle

Edited by John Scott

Music by Craig Armstrong

Costume Design by Norma Moriceau

Production Design by Roger Ford

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