The Ugly American

TitleThe Ugly American
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsEnglund, George
Running Time120 minutes
Date Released1963
DistributorUniversal Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish

Unpopular with audiences and critics alike when it was released in 1963, The Ugly American offered a warning to the Cold-War obsessed United States as it headed toward full-scale intervention in Vietnam. Harrison MacWhite, an academic and new ambassador to a fictional southeast Asian country, sees the emerging conflict in Sarkhan as a battle between communism and democracy. His decisions on the ground exacerbate a conflict defined as a quest for self-determination and nationalism by Sarkhan's people.


William Lederer


Marlon Brando

Sandra Church

Eiji Okada

Pat Hingle

Judson Pratt

Arthur Hill


Produced and Directed by George Englund

Screenplay by  Stewart Stern

Cinematography by Clifford Stine

Edited by Ted J. Kent

Music by Frank Skinner


Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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