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The Quiet American
The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai Yen.
The 2002 version of The Quiet American, in contrast to the 1958 version, depicted Greene’s original ending and treatment of the principal American character, Pyle. Like the novel, the film illustrates Pyle’s moral culpability in fostering intrigue within the South Vietnamese government. Going beyond Greene’s original work, the film used a montage ending with superimposed images of American soldiers from the intervening decades of the Vietnam War.
Miramax had paid $5.5 million for the rights to distribute the film in North America and some other territories, and this film went on to gross US$12.9 million in limited theatrical release in the United States. Michael Caine was nominated for the Oscar as Best Actor.
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