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The Quiet American
Director: Phillip Noyce (Dir)
Release Date:   22 Nov 2002
Premiere Information:   Toronto Film Festival premiere: 6 Sep 2002; New York and Los Angeles release: 22 Nov 2002; Vietnamese premiere: 17 Dec 2002
Production Date:   17 Feb--late Apr 2001 at Fox Studios, Sydney, Australia
Duration (in mins):   100-101 min
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Cast:   Michael Caine (Thomas Fowler)  
    Brendan Fraser (Alden Pyle)  
    Do Thi Hai Yen (Phuong)  
    Rade Sherbedgia (Inspector Vigot)  
    Tzi Ma (Hinh)  
    Robert Stanton (Joe Tunney)  
    Holmes Osborne (Bill Granger)  
    Quang Hai (General Thé)  
    Ferdinand Hoang (Mr. Muoi)  
    Pham Thi Mai Hoa (Phuong's sister [Miss Hei])  
    Mathias Mlekuz (French captain)  
    Kevin Tran (Watch tower soldier)  
    Lap Phan (Watch tower soldier)  
    Tim Bennett (American photographer)  
    Jeff Truman (Dancing American)  
    Nguyen Ha Phong (Muoi's henchman)  
    Navia Nguyen (House of 500 Girls' woman)  
    Lucia Noyce (American woman [at Continental Hotel])  
    Hiliary Douglas (American woman [at Continental Hotel])  
    Daniel Hung (Assassin)  
    Nguyen Kim Hoan (Assassin)  
    Trinh Mal Nguyen (Assassin)  
    Trong Pham (Assassin)  
    Tran Do Luc (Vietnamese policeman)  
    Nguyen Cong Ly (Vietnamese guard [at General Thé's])  
    George Mangos (French soldier)  
    Natasha Hunter (French singer [at L'arc en Ciel])  
    Martine Monroe (French singer [at L'arc en Ciel])  
    Jose De La Vega (Hotel Continental maitre d')  
    Roland Rohrer (Vieux Moulin maitre d')  
    Susan Parry (French woman)  
    Nguyen Anh Dung (Mechanic in Muoi's garage)  
    Peter Holdsworth (Pyle's bodyguard)  
  L'arc en Ciel Band Ngoc Tuan Hoang    
    Trece Lambatan    
    Erwin Abarico    
    Jun Javier    
    Van Phuoc Nguyen    
    Mark Szeto    
    Askar Nurlanov    
    Douglas Gallagher    
    Nicholas Parry    
    Vov Dylan    

Summary: In 1952 Saigon, Thomas Fowler, a seasoned correspondent for The Times (London) who has been covering the French-Communist conflict in Vietnam, is summoned to Inspector Vigot’s office to identify Alden Pyle, whose body was found floating in the Saigon River. After identifying the corpse at the morgue, Fowler crosses the newly poured cement floor in the hallway of his house and tells his young Vietnamese mistress, Phuong, that Pyle has been assassinated. Fowler then recalls the first time he met Pyle, on the terrace of the Hotel Continental in Saigon, a hotel frequented by Americans: Pyle, an idealistic young American who believes that he can “make a difference” in the war-torn country, eagerly introduces himself to Fowler as a member of the medical division of an economic aid mission. Fowler, who prides himself on being a dispassionate reporter of events, is amused by the American’s certainty that he can make things better. Later at his office, Fowler’s assistant Hinh hands him a telegram from his London editor ordering his return to England. To justify staying in Vietnam, Fowler decides to write a story about Phat Diem, a village in the North under siege by Communists. That night at a social gathering attended by Joe Tunney of the American Delegation, Fowler introduces Phuong to Pyle, who is enchanted by her beauty. After Pyle is dragged to a brothel by Bill Granger, a drunken, crude American, Fowler comes to his rescue and invites Pyle to join him and Phuong for dinner at the L’Arc en Ciel dance hall. There the naïve Pyle is shocked as American men vie to buy tickets to dance with young Vietnamese women. While dancing with Phuong, Pyle says that he knows only two words of Vietnamese. Phuong’s avaricious older sister, Miss Hei, joins them at the table, and upon learning that Pyle is unmarried, suggests that he visit her and Phuong while Fowler is away. After leaving the women, Fowler tells Pyle that when he met her, Phuong, the daughter of a good family, was forced to work as a taxi dancer after her father’s death left her penniless. Upon returning home that night, Fowler tells Phuong that he has been called back to London. When she asks to go with him, he declares that he would marry her if he could, but warns that his Roman Catholic wife will never grant him a divorce. Some time later, as Fowler nears Phat Diem, he is surprised to see Pyle, who claims that he came to get a “first-hand look” at his medical team. When they find the villagers massacred and the ground littered with dead bodies, Fowler’s French escorts blame the Communists for the murders, but Fowler questions what motive the Communists would have to kill innocent villagers. That night, they take shelter in a bunker where Fowler asks Pyle his real reason for coming. Pyle replies that he has fallen in love with Phuong and wants to “protect her.” Upon awakening the next morning, Fowler finds a note from the departed Pyle, stating that he will talk to him about Phuong in Saigon. When Fowler returns to Saigon he files his story, then watches in dismay as a rally is held to honor General Thé, a Vietnamese warlord who has broken allegiance with the French and thus is being hailed as the leader of a new political party. On the outskirts of the rally, Pyle looks on approvingly. Later, Pyle comes to the house to propose to Phuong, infuriating Fowler. After Pyle leaves, Fowler writes a letter to his wife, asking for a divorce. Months later, Fowler crosses a dangerous stretch along the Cambodian border to interview Thé and is surprised to see Pyle, who explains that he has set up camp with his medical team. When Thé refuses to meet with Fowler, Pyle arranges an interview in which Muoi, a Vietnamese businessman, translates. After Fowler implies that Thé was responsible for the massacre near Phat Diem, Thé becomes enraged and storms off. Fowler then spots Joe lurking in the shadows. Pyle unexpectedly asks Fowler for a ride back to Saigon, and as night falls, their car runs out of gas, leaving them stranded. Nearby is a watchtower being guarded by Vietnamese soldiers, and Fowler and Pyle take refuge there. Later that night, they hear cars approach and a voice calls out to the soldiers to turn over the foreigners. Grabbing one of the soldier’s rifles, Pyle jumps down from the tower and urges Fowler to follow. Fowler injures his ankle in the leap and Pyle drags him to safety just as their assailants fire-bomb the tower. Because Fowler is unable to walk, Pyle leaves him to go in search of help. While he is alone, Fowler recalls the first time he saw Phuong at the L’Arc en Ciel as she was being pawed by crass Americans. His reverie of Phuong is interrupted when Pyle arrives with some French soldiers. Upon returning to Saigon, Fowler becomes alarmed by the sudden growth of Thé’s army and begins to suspect that Joe and Muoi are backing the general. Phuong welcomes Fowler home and hands him a letter from his wife in London, which he opens and hides under his pillow when Pyle arrives unexpectedly. Fowler then announces that his wife has granted him a divorce. Some time later, Pyle, Phuong and her sister come to Fowler’s office, where Phuong’s sister confronts him with the letter in which his wife has stated that she will never grant him a divorce. Affronted, they accuse Fowler of lying and leave. When they depart, Hinh informs Fowler that he and some associates have learned that Muoi has been avoiding customs on the goods he imports. When Hinh states that a new shipment has just arrived at Muoi’s warehouse, Fowler and Hinh break into the warehouse and find containers labeled “diolacton” with Joe Tunney as their designated consignee. Returning home to find that Phuong has left him for Pyle, Fowler proceeds to Pyle’s office and then his house, where he stands forlornly in the street. Later, when Fowler asks Pyle about diolacton, Pyle says that it is a plastic used in the manufacture of eyeglasses. Soon after, Fowler is seated on the terrace of the Continental Hotel when a violent explosion rocks the square, killing and maiming innocent civilians. Horrified, Fowler runs into the carnage to help the injured while Pyle coldly observes from a distance and wipes a patch of blood from his pant leg. Back at his office, Fowler is recalling the horrific experience to Hinh when he realizes that he saw Pyle speaking fluent Vietnamese. When Fowler researches diolacton and discovers that it is used in making explosives, he realizes that the Americans are supplying Thé with the materials to make bombs. Emboldened, Hinh informs Fowler that Pyle works for the CIA and asks him to set up a meeting to which the unsuspecting Pyle will come without his bodyguards. When Fowler hesitates, Hinh counsels that “one must take sides if one is to remain human.” Consequently, Fowler invites Pyle to his house, and when Pyle arrives with his dog, he fervently defends Thé as the one person who can stop Communism and then admits that the general ordered the assassination attempt on Fowler. Appalled by the American’s arrogance and certainty about what is right, Fowler decides to aid Hinh in his plot and arranges to meet Pyle at a restaurant that night. Later that evening, Fowler is seated at an outdoor restaurant as Pyle crosses a bridge with his dog and is accosted by knife-wielding assailants. As the assailants pursue Pyle into the dark alleyways, a drunken Granger plops down at Fowler’s table, saddened by his son’s recent diagnosis with polio and desperate to talk to a familiar face. Unnerved by the turn of events, Fowler excuses himself and sees Hinh ride off on his bicycle. Late that night, after Vigot has summoned Fowler to identify Pyle’s body, Vigot comes to Fowler’s house and states that he has proof that Pyle was there earlier because Pyle’s dog, whose throat was slashed, had wet cement from Fowler’s floor between his toes. After responding that “there is a war on and people are dying every day,” Fowler goes to L’Arc en Ciel and buys a ticket to dance with Phuong. Phuong is unresponsive until Fowler promises never to leave, after which she embraces him. Once at home, Fowler tells Phuong that he needs to apologize, and she replies “not to me, never to me.” 

Production Company: Mirage Enterprises  
  Saga Pictures  
  Intermedia Films  
  IMF Production  
Production Text: Miramax Films and Intermedia Films present
Distribution Company: Miramax Film Corp. (The Walt Disney Company)
Director: Phillip Noyce (Dir)
  Dang Nhat Minh (2d unit dir)
  Steve Andrews (1st asst dir)
  Jacinta Hayne (2d asst dir)
  Tran Thi Bich Ngoc (2d asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Viet Duc (2d asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  Jennifer Leacey (2d asst dir, prep)
  Todd Embling (3d asst dir)
  Du Hai Lam (3rd asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  Glen Graves (Addl asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  Wilbur Gonzales (Addl asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  China De La Vega (Addl asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  Lucy Cooper (Addl asst dir, Vietnam unit)
  Do Than Hai (2d unit asst dir, Vietnam unit)
Producer: William Horberg (Prod)
  Staffan Ahrenberg (Prod)
  Matthias Deyle (IMF prod)
  Guy East (Exec prod)
  Nigel Sinclair (Exec prod)
  Moritz Borman (Exec prod)
  Chris Sievernich (Exec prod)
  Sydney Pollack (Exec prod)
  Anthony Minghella (Exec prod)
  Volker Schauz (IMF exec prod)
  Dieter Nobbe (IMF exec prod)
  Oliver Hengst (IMF exec prod)
  Kathleen McLaughlin (Co-prod)
  Eyal Rimon (Co-prod)
  Roland Loubet (Co-prod)
  Antonia Barnard (Line prod)
  Oliver Hengst (IMF line prod)
  Steve Andrews (Assoc prod)
  Ngog Quang (Giai Phong Studios exec)
Writer: Christopher Hampton (Scr)
  Robert Schenkkan (Scr)
Photography: Christopher Doyle (Dir of photog)
  Brad Shield (Addl photog and Steadicam op)
  David Burr (Addl photog)
  Nguyen Huu Tuan (2d unit cam, Vietnam unit)
  Carolyn Johns (Still photog)
  Matthew Nettheim (Still photog)
  Phil Bray (Still photog)
  Brett Matthews (Focus puller)
  Colin Deane (Focus puller, Vietnam unit)
  Luke Nixon (Focus puller B cam)
  Dang Phuc Yen (2d unit focus puller, Vietnam unit)
  Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan (Clapper loader)
  Lee Marcus (Clapper loader, B cam)
  Tran Vy 'Ken' (2d unit clapper loader, Vietnam unit)
  James Smith (Video split op)
  Nick Payne (Gaffer)
  Matt Hoile (Rigging gaffer, Vietnam unit)
  Pacheco Rodolfo (Rigging gaffer, Vietnam unit)
  Cabalquinto Silvestre Jnr (Rigging gaffer, Vietnam unit)
  Antony Tulloch (Best boy)
  Nguyen The Hiep (Best boy elec, Vietnam unit)
  Boo Slattery (Elec)
  Glen Jenkins (Elec)
  Liam Sutherland (Elec)
  Hoang Duc Phuc (Elec, Vietnam unit)
  Huynh Kim Anh (Elec, Vietnam unit)
  Le Thanh Son (Elec, Vietnam unit)
  Hoang Duc Minh (Elec, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Dang Khoi (Elec, Vietnam unit)
  Luke Cross (Rigging elec)
  Nathan Walton (Rigging elec)
  Craig Knight (Rigging elec)
  Vo Thanh Thong (Rigging elec, Vietnam unit)
  Paul Thompson (Key grip)
  Huynh Van Phi (2d unit grip, Vietnam unit)
  Malcolm Booth (Best boy grip)
  Guy Bowden (Best boy grip)
  Alan Handsaker (Grip asst)
  Troy Paschini (Grip asst)
  Paul Anderson (Grip asst)
  Ho Hoan Hai (Grip asst, Vietnam unit)
  Ho Hoan Kiem (Grip asst, Vietnam unit)
  Ly Ngoc Quanh (Grip asst, Vietnam unit)
  Hoang Dinh Cuong (Grip asst, Vietnam unit)
  Tripoint Rigging Services (Rigging services)
  Tran Tan Huan (Rigger, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Tien Dung (Rigger, Vietnam unit)
  Le Van Hung (Rigger, Vietnam unit)
  Jared Behan (Board op)
  Tran Van Loc (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Van Phuong (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Hoang Duc Minh (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Duc Hung (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Ho Hoan Sa (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Ho Thien Thuy (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Duc Quang (Generator op, Vietnam unit)
  Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan (Clapper loader)
  Nguyen Vinh Son (Video asst, Vietnam unit)
  Vu Duc Tung (Video asst, Vietnam unit)
  Panavision, Australia (Cam and lenses by)
  PS Services (Lighting and equipment, Vietnam)
  Panavision Lighting (Lighting and equipment, Australia)
  Premier Lighting (Lighting and equipment, Australia)
Art Direction: Roger Ford (Prod des)
  Ian Gracie (Supv art dir)
  Jeff Thorp (Art dir)
  Annie Beauchamp (Art dir, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Quang Vinh (Art dir, Vietnam unit)
  Jeff Thorp (Art dir)
  Nguyen Pham Can (Art dir)
  Tony Williams (Asst art dir)
  Pham Quoc Trung (Asst art dir, Vietnam unit)
  Elaine Kusmishko (Asst des)
  David Russell (Storyboard artist)
  Beth Pickworth (Graphics des)
  Gillian Rezard (Graphics asst)
  Tran Jean-Luc (Art dept coord, Vietnam unit)
  Christina Norman (Art dept coord)
  Nguyen Dinh Thi (Asst coord, Vietnam unit)
  Shane Melder (Art dept runner)
  James Roden (Art dept runner)
  Alex Chomicz (Art dept runner)
  Nguyen Chi Vinh (Art dept runner, Vietnam unit)
  Dang Dinh Cuong (Art dept runner, Vietnam unit)
  Pham LInh Giang (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Thi Kim Ngan (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Dinh Thi (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Bich Diep (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Kim Khanh (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Duc Thanh (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Thanh Hai (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Le Ho Phuoc Vinh (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Thi Loi (Art dept translator, Vietnam unit)
Film Editor: John Scott (Ed)
  Chris Plummer (1st asst ed)
  Jason Ballantine (1st asst ed)
  George Turnure (2d asst ed)
  Lisa Anne Morris (Visual eff ed)
  Lisa Anne Morris (Rushes coord)
  Paula Lourte (Supv conform ed)
  Pamela Barnetta (Conform ed)
  David Burrows (Conform ed)
  Kirsty Bruce (Conform ed)
  Maria Kaltenthaler (Conform ed)
  Kerri Aungle Negative Cutting Services (Neg matching)
  Video 8 Broadxast (Rushes telecine transfer)
  Frame, Set & Match (High definiton grade & video mastering)
  Steve Dunn (FSU prod)
  Phil Stuart-Jones (High definition finishing)
  Steve McGillen (High definition finishing)
  Spectrum Films (Picture post facility)
  Atlab Australia (Film Laboratory)
  Oliver Fontenay (Dir of prod, Atlab)
  Ian Russell (Lab liaison)
Set Decoration: Kerrie Brown (Set dec)
  Simon McCutcheon (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Dao The Vinh (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Ngoc Hai (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Hoang Thanh Long (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Tien Duc (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Anh Tuyen (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Dinh Van Thang (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Thanh Dat (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Anh Tuan (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Dang Tran Tu (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Trong Ha (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Vu Quang Huy (Asst set dec, Vietnam unit)
  Marian Long (Lead set dresser/buyer, Vietnam unit)
  Bev Dunn (Buyer/Dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Martin Williams (Buyer/Dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Viet Thanh Lan (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Le Xuan Khanh (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Phm Van Oai (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Van Chanh (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Ngo The Hao (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Khac Nhat (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Thanh Liem (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Tien Chinh (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Dinh Quy (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Phan Huu Thong (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Luu Van Hai (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Vien Du (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Van Chan (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Dinh An (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Huynh Cong Hai (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen The Ha (Asst dresser, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Vu (Buyer, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Van Kiep (Buyer, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Thanh Thuy (Buyer, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Thanh Ha (Buyer, Vietnam unit)
  Richie Dehne (Prop master)
  Nguyen Hung Phuong (Prop master, Vietnam unit)
  Hoang Cuong Kien (Prop master, Vietnam unit)
  Karen Lee Miyoshi (Asst prop master)
  Robert Moxham (Standby props)
  Peter Kodicek (Asst standby props)
  Dinh Hoai Ngoc (Standby props asst, Vietnam unit)
  Vu Huy Ngoc Bao (Standby props asst, Vietnam unit)
  Alice Lodge (Props asst)
  Nguyen Van Chan (Prop asst, Vietnam unit)
  Cao Phi Hung (Prop asst, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Van Oai (Prop asst, Vietnam unit)
  Billy Malcolm (Head scenic artist)
  Matt Connors (Head scenic artist, Vietnam unit)
  Alan Brown (Scenic artist, Vietnam unit)
  Martin Bruveris (Scenic artist, Vietnam unit)
  Andy Robinson (Scenic artist, Vietnam unit)
  Ed Cotton (Draughtperson)
  Kerryanne Jensen (Draughtperson)
  Greg Hadju (Const mgr)
  Shanthi Nadaraja (Const coord)
  Pham Vu Nhu Ngoc (Const coord, Vietnam unit)
  Mark Jones (Const foreman)
  Sean Ahern (Const foreman, Vietnam unit)
  Peter Coy (Const foreman, Vietnam unit)
  Joshua Bush (Leading hand)
  Murray Simmance (Leading hand)
  Jonathan Cooper (Leading hand)
  Garth Tompkins (Leading hand)
  Ian Bickerton (Leading hand)
  Wayne Porter (Leading hand-steel)
  Gordon Hobkirk (Miniatures leading hand)
  Gary Cameron (Miniatures leading hand)
  Tran Dung Thang (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Van Be (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Doan Thien Phu (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Son Hai (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Viet Van (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Van Ut (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Phanm Vu Trong Huy (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Doan Anh Hoang (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Minh Yen (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Le Van Hiep (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Dung Thang (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Dinh Manh Phat (Set builder, Vietnam unit)
  Nathan Ayres (Carpenter)
  Andy Valentine (Carpenter)
  Mark Battaglene (Carpenter)
  Robert Blance (Carpenter)
  Jake Clifton (Carpenter)
  Mark Clifton (Carpenter)
  Chris Colwell (Carpenter)
  Richard Crowe (Carpenter)
  Darren Fieldhouse (Carpenter)
  Yarren Henwood (Carpenter)
  Rick Locke (Carpenter)
  Martin Panucci (Carpenter)
  Mark Powell (Carpenter)
  Jeff Madden (Carpenter)
  Peter Gillies (Carpenter)
  David Scott (Carpenter)
  Mark Sheppard (Carpenter)
  John Fitzpatrick (Carpenter)
  Sean Scroggie (Carpenter)
  Angus Watson (Carpenter)
  Truong Van Be (On set carpenter, Vietnam unit)
  Nick Bamfield (Miniatures carpenter)
  Mark Solway (Miniatures carpenter)
  Hester Clarke (Miniatures carpenter)
  Angus Watson (Miniatures carpenter)
  Simon Miller (Miniatures carpenter)
  Ron Martin (Miniatures carpenter)
  Steve Leslie (Miniatures carpenter)
  Ian Hibble (Miniatures carpenter)
  Nicholas Day (Miniatures carpenter)
  Mark Powell (Minatures carpenter)
  David Scott (Miniatures carpenter)
  John Fitzpatrick (Miniatures carpenter)
  Rogert Gillespie (Miniatures foreman)
  Niall Douglas (Miniatures trade asst)
  Brendan Murphy (Miniatures trade asst)
  Robert Blance (Miniatures asst)
  Judy Lewis (Miniatures asst)
  Craig Fison (Miniatures asst)
  Anna Malchant (Miniatures asst)
  Jo-Anne Parkin (Miniatures asst)
  Thomas Perry (Miniatures asst)
  Francois Crespel (Miniatures asst)
  Martin Scurrah (Tool tech)
  Richard Baldwin (Paint foreman)
  Giles Bradbury (Paint foreman)
  Dennis Archer (Painter)
  Reuben Hill (Painter)
  La Qui Tung (Painter, Vietnam unit)
  Dao Ngoc Hung (Painter, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Van Man (Painter, Vietnam unit)
  Ma Phi Hai (On set painter, Vietnam unit)
  Damien Berwick (Paint labourer)
  Matt Clark (Paint labourer)
  Wade Mansell (Paint labourer)
  Peter Cooke (Paint labourer)
  Linda Sang (Set finisher)
  Michael Swingle (Set finisher)
  Jolyon Simpson (Stand-by set finisher)
  Jack Elliott (Greensman)
  Ton Van Hoa (On set greens, Vietnam unit)
  Ton Van Hoa (Greens labour, Vietnam unit)
  Do Van Tan (Greens driver, Vietnam unit)
  Do Thuan Hung (Greens driver, Vietnam unit)
  Tim Parry (Picture vehicle coord)
  Orlando Murray (Picture vehicle asst)
  Vo Thanh Long (Vehicles asst, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Van Sinh (Vehicles asst, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Duc Son (Cyclo wrangler, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Anh Phuong (Tech asst, Vietnam unit)
  Le Huu Loi (Const security, Vietnam unit)
  Dom Connor (Trade asst)
  David Finato (Trade asst)
  Michael Trail (Trade asst)
  Judy Mae Louis (Trade asst)
  Mathew Park (Head stagehand)
  Dave Bartlett (Stagehand)
  Diana Gledhill (Stagehand)
  David Hilder (Stagehand)
  Todd Noble (Stagehand)
  Gary Bonnar (Runner/Driver [sets])
Costumes: Norma Moriceau (Cost des)
  Kerry Thompson (Cost supv)
  Nguyen Thi Ngoc Diep (Cost supv, Vietnam unit)
  Tram Tjo Tuyet (Cost supv, Vietnam unit)
  Elly Kamal (Cost coord)
  John Bowring (Armourer)
  Nguyen Duy Voi (Armourer, Vietnam unit)
  Le Chanh (Armourer asst, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Hoang Oanh (Armourer asst, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Huu Dinh (Armourer asst, Vietnam unit)
  Heather Laurie (Key standby)
  Carolyn Wells (Asst standby)
  Manuella Masoch (Asst standby)
  Natalie Gardner (Buyer/Standby)
  Julie Bryant (Cost cutter)
  Lisa Dickson-Battye (Cost asst)
  Natalie Bracher (Cost asst)
  Ngo Thai Uyen (Cost asst, Vietnam unit)
  Julie Frankham (Cost const)
  Catherine Overgaard (Cost const)
  Lucia Franze (Cost constructoin)
  Jamella Hassan (Milliner)
Music: Craig Armstrong (Orig mus prod, arr & orch)
  Christine Woodruff (Mus supv)
  Joe E. Rand (Supv mus ed)
  Julie Pearce (Mus ed)
  Jason Gibbs (Vietnamese mus adv)
  Matt Dunkley (Orig mus and orch cond/Addl orch)
  Geoff Foster (Rec eng and mixed by)
  Jake Jackson (Asst eng at Air)
  Chris Barrett (Asst eng at Air)
  Air Lyndhurst, London (Orig mus rec at)
  Isoble Griffiths (Orch contractor)
  Gavyn Wright (Orch leader)
  Metro Voices (Choir)
  David Donaldson (Mus programming and keyboards)
  Jake Davies (Mus programming and keyboards)
  Heather Corbett (Cimbalom)
  Eddie McGuire (Flutes)
  Pete Lockett (Percussion)
  Hong Nhung (Vocals)
  David Donaldson at North Studio (Vocals rec )
  Emma Ford (Asst to Mr. Armstrong)
  Milkbar Studios, Sydney (L'Arc en Ciel dance mus rec at)
  William Motzing (Dance mus arr )
  Simon Leadley (Dance mus rec and mixed by)
  David Stratton (On set mus adv)
  Guy Gross (Addl mus)
Sound: Guntis Sics (Sd rec)
  Antony Gray (Supv sd ed)
  Gareth Vanderhope (Sd des and eff ed)
  Mark Franken (Eff ed)
  Frank Lipson (Eff ed)
  Christian Bass (Dial ed)
  Livia Ruzic (Dial ed)
  Linda Murdoch (Dial ed)
  Mark Ward (Dial ed)
  Colin Miller (UK ADR ed)
  David Pearson (Boom op)
  Leandro Righini (2d boom op)
  Nguyen Dinh Chan (Sd asst, Vietnam unit)
  Annette Barnes (Sd asst)
  Roger Savage (Re-rec mixer)
  Michael Thompson (Re-rec mixer)
  Blair Slater (ADR rec)
  Michael Thompson (ADR rec)
  Andrew Wright (ADR rec)
  Steve Burgess (Foley rec)
  Gerard Long (Foley walker)
  Mario Vaccaro (Foley walker)
  Andrew Neil (Mix asst)
  Andrew Wright (Mix asst)
  Soundfirm Australia (Sd post facility)
  De Lane Lea Twickenham Film Studio (UK ADR rec)
Special Effects: Steve Courtley (Spec eff supv)
  Arthur Spink Jnr (Senior eff tech)
  Arthur Burke (Senior eff tech)
  Peter Stubbs (Senior eff tech)
  Ray Fowler (Senior eff tech)
  Leo Henry (Senior eff tech)
  Robert Porter (Senior eff tech)
  Richard Georgeson (Senior eff tech)
  Volker Allert (Spec eff welder)
  Andrew Bosh (Spec eff asst)
  Dara Chatten (Spec eff asst)
  Kerry Church (Spec eff asst)
  Nguyen Ngoc Son (Spec eff asst, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Van Hung (Spec eff asst, Vietnam unit)
  Ho Van Chat (Spec eff tech, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Anh Phuong (Spec eff asst, Vietnam unit)
  Animal Logic Film (Visual eff)
  Murray Pope (Visual eff supv)
  Fiona Crawford (Visual eff prod)
  Ben Caine (Spec eff coord)
  Deborah McNamara (Main titles des)
  Grant Freckelton (Matte painter)
  Michael Halford (Matte painter)
  Charlie Armstrong (2D supv)
  Kirsty Millar (2D supv)
  David Dulac (3D supv)
  Mark Barber (Compositor)
  Aaron Barclay (Compositor)
  Niki Bern (Compositor)
  Stefan Coory (Compositor)
  David Dally (Compositor)
  Morgane Furio (Compositor)
  Phillip Lange (Compositor)
  George Zwier (Compositor)
  Andrew McKenna (2D compositor)
  High Seville (2D compositor)
  Chris Swinbanks (Digital film bureau supv)
  Mark Harmon (Scanning and rec)
  John Pope (Scanning and rec)
  Henry Yekanians (Scanning and rec)
  GMD (Addl visual eff)
  Aren Fieldwalker (GMD prod)
  David Hewitt (GMD prod)
  Toscha Blenkinsop (Newspaper seq des)
  Clarissa Donlevy (Newspaper seq des)
  Kent Smith (Newspaper seq des)
  Trinette Norton (Prod asst [spec eff])
  Mark Franken (Eff ed)
  Frank Lipson (Eff ed)
  Ken Phelan (Opticals)
  Atlab Australia (Digital grading and opt eff)
  Anthos Simon (Atlab prod)
  Robert Sandeman (Digital grading and eff)
  Jonathan Dixon (Digital liaison)
  Graham Olsen (Digital artist)
  Optical & Graphic (Subtitles and end credits)
  Ian Brown (Senior anim)
  Jeff Renton (Anim)
Dance: John O'Connell (Choreographer)
  Jackie Howard (Asst choreography)
Make Up: Margaret Stevenson (Supv makeup and hair artist & Mr. Caine's makeup artist)
  Ben Nye, Jnr (Key makeup artist & Mr. Fraser's makeup artist)
  Cheryl Williams (Key hairdresser)
  Maree McDonald (Makeup/Hairstylist)
  Anita Morgan (Makeup/Hairstylist)
  Nguyen Kieu Thu (Makeup artist, Vietnam unit)
  Bui Ba Tuoc (Makeup artist, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen My Loan (Makeup artist, Vietnam unit)
Production Misc: Christine King (Casting)
  Miura Smith (Casting coord)
  Kate Dowd (European casting)
  Swan Pham (European casting)
  Christina Noh (Casting asst)
  Phuong Tuy Tran (Casting asst)
  Anna Nguyen (Casting asst)
  Tran Binh Trong (Casting asst, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Trong Phan (Casting asst, Vietnam unit)
  Le Cong Binh (Casting asst, Vietnam unit)
  Lai Phu Don (Casting asst, Vietnam unit)
  Noelle Humbert (Casting & extras liaison, Vietnam unit)
  Jodie Eastwood (Casting & extras liaison, Vietnam unit)
  Ba Vu (Casting & extras liaison, Vietnam unit)
  Chong Pham (Casting & extras liaison, Vietnam unit)
  Catherine Bishop (Unit prod mgr)
  Andy Pappas (Unit mgr, Vietnam unit)
  Tic Carroll (Unit mgr)
  Nguyen Hoan Minh (2d unit coord)
  Clare Shervington (Asst prod mgr)
  Kristin Witcombe (Scr supv)
  Lucia Noyce (2d unit cont, Vietnam unit)
  Carl Robinson (Prod adv)
  Henri Phimasset (Prod adv)
  Richard Connors (Prod adv and loc supv)
  Tran Khai Hoang (Planning mgr)
  Paul Ranford (Prod coord)
  Chanh Tran (Pre-prod mgr)
  Vo Thi Ngoc Thong (Asst coord)
  Jane McGuire (Post prod supv)
  Josie Mason (Post prod coord)
  Anna McDonnell (Post prod coord)
  Nguyen Thi Lan Huong (Prod asst)
  Leah Wright (Prod asst)
  Linda Benjamin ([prod asst] For Intermedia and Pacific)
  Nick Drake ([prod asst] For Intermedia and Pacific)
  Chris Dubrow ([prod asst] For Intermedia and Pacific)
  Deana Elwell ([prod asst] For Intermedia and Pacific)
  Will Evans ([prod asst] For Intermedia and Pacific)
  Basil Iwanyk ([prod asst] For Intermedia and Pacific)
  Leoni Strickland (Prod asst)
  Ho Quoc Hung (Prod asst)
  Chu Bich Hang (Prod asst)
  Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy (Prod asst)
  Hiliary Douglas (Asst to Mr. Fraser)
  Mikki Pallas (Asst to Mr. Fraser)
  Miranda Culley (Asst to Mr. Noyce)
  Donna Ostroff (Asst to Mr. Pollack)
  Shannon Kors (Asst to Mr. Horbert)
  Cory McCall (Asst to Ms. McLaughlin)
  Zeynep Selcuk (Asst to Mr. Barnard)
  Kerryn Vallence (Asst to Mr. Caine)
  Tran Anh Hoa (Mr. Noyce's liaison, adv & translator)
  Nguyen Thinh Bac (Tech adv)
  Matt Baldwin (Unit asst, Vietnam unit)
  Kim Gladman (Unit asst, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Duong The Vu (Unit asst, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Duy Hoa (Unit asst, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Van Dung (Unit asst, Vietnam unit)
  Brian Carpenter (Unit asst)
  Jodie Olde (Unit asst)
  Shane Dettnam (Unit asst)
  Phil McDonell (Unit asst)
  Dermot Leybourne (Unit asst)
  Zac Astill (Unit asst)
  Hilton Howson (Prod runner)
  Cian O'Clery (Prod runner)
  Nguyen Phuoc Cuong (Prod runner)
  Nguyen Hoang An (Prod runner)
  Quang Hai Trieu (Prod runner)
  Nguyen Nhat Quang (Prod runner)
  Josie Mason (Prod secy)
  Anna McDonnell (Prod secy)
  Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan (Prod secy)
  Vu Van Giang (Prod secy)
  Maude Heath (Loc mgr)
  Robyn Bersten (Loc mgr)
  Nguyen Dang Khoa (Loc asst, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Anh Phuong (Loc asst, Vietnam unit)
  Co Khai Ung (Loc asst, Vietnam unit)
  Ngoc Bich (Loc asst, Vietnam unit)
  Do Hong Duc (Loc scout, Vietnam unit)
  Vu Huy (Loc scout, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Chinh Phong (Loc liaison prod contact, Vietnam unit)
  Jocyln McCahon (Travel coord)
  Michelle Bennett (Travel consultant)
  Katie Gordon (Freight coord)
  Moneypenny Services (Accounting services)
  Jane Corden (Financial controller)
  Rachel Proudlove (Accountant)
  Brett Thornquest (Accountant)
  Robina Osborne (Art dept accountant)
  Daniel Pritchard (Asst accountant)
  Steven Taylor (Prod accountant)
  Tong Xuan Loi (Accounts asst)
  Nguyen Hong Mai (Accounts asst)
  Nguyen Thii Huyen Tran (Accounts asst)
  Nguyen Thi Thuy Van (Accounts asst)
  Kirstin Feddersen (Animal wrangler)
  Hiliary Douglas (Dial coach)
  Victoria Mielewska (Dial coach)
  Karin Charbit (Dial coach)
  Murielle Harman (Dial coach)
  Tanya Blumstein (Dial coach)
  Dave Simpkins (Cast driver)
  Karin Charbit (Cast driver)
  Nick Byrne (Mr. Fraser's security)
  Emma Cooper (Unit pub)
  Julia Leith (Loc pub)
  Kerry Fetzer (Caterer)
  Kollage Katering (Caterer)
  Craig Blair (Catering asst)
  Madeline Grant (Catering asst)
  Michael Nation (Catering asst)
  Nyree Winter (Catering asst)
  David Noble (Catering asst)
  Truong Chanh Hoc (Catering supv, Vietnam unit)
  Caravelle Hotel (Catering, Vietnam unit)
  Riverside Resort (Catering, Vietnam unit)
  Sofitel Metropole Hotel (Caterer, Vietnam unit)
  Jacquie Robertson (Unit nurse)
  Harry Dakinalis (Safety supv)
  Lawrence Pettinari (First aid asst)
  International SOS (Medical/Dental clinic, Vietnam unit)
  Dr. Tinh Van Hai (Doctor)
  Tran Kim Lieng (Transport/accomodation coord, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Minh Tuan (Asst transport)
  Phan Anh Tuan (Freight coord)
  Ha Long Bien (Asst freight coord)
  Nguyen Duc Long (Asst freight coord)
  Selina Dey (Base liaison)
  Emma Maroney (Truck loader, Vietnam unit)
  Ao Trung Hau (Walkie talkie asst, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Ngoc Quy (Security, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Duy Quang (Security, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Tho (Security, Vietnam unit)
  Thu Duc (Security, Vietnam unit)
  Dang Kim Dung (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Le Ai Kanh Linh (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Le Ho Phuoc Vinh (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Kim Khanh (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Van Son (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Thi Kim Ngan (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Lan Anh (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Thi Xuan Thao (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Truong Bich Diep (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Dang Thanh Binh (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Le Quoc Dat (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Thi Thuc (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Duong The Vu (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Duy Hoa (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Pham Thi Linh Gian (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Tuan Minh (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Van Bay (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Luong Thanh Dung (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Tran Thi Thuc (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Ngo Quoc Cuong (Translator, Vietnam unit)
  Nguyen Quoc Thanh (2d unit translator, Vietnam unit)
  Stage & Screen (International travel)
  Greg Helmers (Post prod travel)
  Traveltoo (Post prod travel)
  Film Freight (Freight services)
  Mike Harper (Freight services)
  Rohan Taylor (Freight services)
  Matt Taylor (Freight services)
  Union Bank of California, N. A. (Prod financing provided to IMF2 by)
  Tress Cocks & Maddox (Australian legal services)
  Mark Bamford (Australian legal services)
  Nigel McNulty (Australian legal services)
  Phillips Fox (Legal counsel, Vietnam)
  Nigel Russell (Legal counsel, Vietnam)
  Near North Insurance, London (Insurance broker)
  Aon Risk Services, Australia (Insurance broker)
  International Film Guarantors (Completion guarantor)
  Thompson & Thompson provider of the de Forest Report (Scr research services)
Stand In: Jim Goodall (Double)
  Benoit Bollard (Double)
  John Walton (Double)
  Sam Coates (Double)
  Ashley Fairfield (Double)
  Douglas McDonald (Stunts)
  Mark Campbell (Stunts)
  Nash Edgerton (Stunts)
  Ashley Fairfield (Stunts)
  Nigel Harbach (Stunts)
  Kirstin Feddersen (Stunts)
  Alex Kuzelicki (Stunts)
  Charles Ly (Stunts)
  Chris Mitchell (Stunts)
  Gillian Statham (Stunts)
  John Walton (Stunts)
  Avril Wynne (Stunts)
  Le Tien Dung (Stunts)
  Le Cong The (Stunts)
  Lu Dao Long (Stunts)
  Le Quoc Hung (Stunts)
  Le Ouy Hoang (Stunts)
  Vo Van Dhuc (Stunts)
  Nguyen Hong Son (Stunts)
  Ngo Thanh Vu (Stunts)
  Nguyen Quoc Thinh (Stunts)
  Huynh Pau (Stunts)
  Pho Loi (Stunts)
  Luu Huynh Ha (Stunts)
  Ho Thien Hieu (Stunts)
  Bui Van Hai (Stunts)
  Nguyen Anh Tuan (Stunts)
  Tran Xuan Thanh (Stunts)
  Phan Huynh Thanh Tuan (Stunts)
  To Phuuc Tuong (Stunts)
  Douglas McDonald (Stunt supv)
  Nash Edgerton (Asst stunt coord)
  Patrick Joynt (Stand-in)
  Norm Ryding (Stand-in)
  Sam Coates (Stand-in)
  Peter Arnold (Stand-in)
  Matt Dempsey (Stand-in)
  Stephanie Nguyen (Stand-in)
Color Personnel: Arthur Cambridge (Col grader)
  Al Hansen (Col)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: Australia and United States
Language: English

Songs: “Nuoc Non Lam Son,” written by Hoang Quy, performed by Manh Phat; “Tieng Sao Trong Suong,” traditional, performed by Co Ly Nuong; “Song from Hue,” traditional, performed by Lo Ng Uyen Thy, Do Thi Le Tuyt and Le Thi Thanh Mai; “Nhac Long,” written by Canh Than, performed by Ngoc Bao; “Mademoiselle de Paris,” composed by Paul Durand/Henri Contet/Eric Maschwitz/Mitchell Parish; ©1948 Ed. Mus. Continental-Intersong (assigned to Warner/Chappell Music France S.A.), used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all rights reserved, performed by Natasha Hunter; “Besame Mucho,” written by Consuelo Velazquez/Ricardo Lopez Mendez/Sunny Skylar, Southern Music Publsihing Co (A’Asia) Pty Ltd., licensed from Southern Music Publishing Co (A’Asia) P/L; “Tieng Goi Thanh Nien, The Call to Youth,” written by Luu Huu Phuoc, performed by The Army Music Band; “Je suis swing,” composed by André Hornez and John Hess (assigned to Warner/Chappell Music France S.A.), used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all rights reserved, performed by Johnny Hess; “So Do I,” written by Johnny Burke/Arthur Johnston, © Anne-Rachel Music Corporation & J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.; “June Light,” composed by Jack Trombey, Rouge Music Ltd./De Wolfe Limited; “Dich Mau Biet Kim Lang,” traditional, performed by Co Nam Can Tho; “La Seine,” composed by Guy Lafarge/Flavien Monod; ©1948 Société des Editions Royalty (assigned to Editions et Productions Théâtrales Chappell), used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all rights reserved, performed by Christian Dolislager; “Tieng Dan Ai,” written by Hoang Trong & Quoc Bao, performed by Moc Lan; “Mon ange,” lyrics by Jean Féline/Bruno Coquatrix, ©1940 Warner/Chappell Music France SA (ex Editions Musicales Ray Ventura), used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all rights reserved, performed by Leo Marjanc; “Exterior l’arc en ciel,” written by William Motzing; “Suoi Mo” and “Thien Thai,” written by Van Cao, performed by Hong Nhung; “J’ai deux amours,” composed by Vincent Scotto/Geo. Koger/Henri Varna, ©Editions Salabert S.A. (AC), Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all rights reserved, performed by Natasha Hunter; “Our Love Affair,” written by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens, ©1940 EMI Feist Catalog Inc., licensed by EMI Catalogue Partnership Australia Pty Limited; “11 Hours,” written by Joe E. Rand, Superscore Music (ASCAP), performed by Joe E. Rand; “La vie en rose,” music by Louiguy, lyrics by Edith Piaf, published by Campbell Connelly & Co (Aust) Pty Ltd., performed by Louis Armstrong, courtesy of MCA Records Inc., under license from Universal Music Aust Pty Ltd; “Song for Phuong,” composed by Craig Armstrong, lyrics by Craig Armstrong & Hong Nhung, performed by Hong Nhung; “Mon homme,” composed by Maurice Yvain/Jacques Charles/Albert Willemetz, ©Salabert Soc (OA)/Ascherberg Hopwood and Crew Ltd. (AP), used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all rights reserved, performed by Sidney Bechet; “Insensiblement,” composed by Paul Misraki, ©1939 Editions Imperia (assigned to Warner/Chappell Music France S.A.), used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd., all right reserved.
Composer: Craig Armstrong
  Quoc Bao
  Johnny Burke
  Van Cao
  Jacques Charles
  Henri Contet
  Bruno Coquatrix
  Paul Durand
  Roger Edens
  Jean Féline
  Arthur Freed
  André Hornez
  Arthur Johnston
  Geo Koger
  Guy Lafarge
  Ricardo Lopez Mendez
  Eric Maschwitz
  Paul Misraki
  Flavien Monod
  William Motzing
  Hong Nhung
  Mitchell Parish
  Luu Huu Phuoc
  Edith Piaf
  Hoang Quy
  Joe E. Rand
  Vincent Scotto
  Sunny Skylar
  Canh Than
  Jack Trombey
  Hoang Trong
  Henri Varna
  Consuelo Velazquez
  Albert Willemetz
  Maurice Yvain
Source Text: Based on the novel The Quiet American by Graham Greene (London, 1955).
Authors: Graham Greene

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
IMF-Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 2 Produktions KG 0/0/2001 dd/mm/yyyy  

PCA NO: 38789
Physical Properties: Sd: dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Dolby Digital in selected theatres
  col: Kodak Australasia; Fuji Vision
  gauge: 35mm
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: with songs
Subjects (Major): Americans in foreign countries
  Romantic rivalry
Subjects (Minor): Assassination
  English in foreign countries
  Indochinese War, 1946-1954
  Saigon (Vietnam)
  Taxi dancers
  Undercover operations
  United States. Central Intelligence Agency

Note: The opening and closing onscreen cast credits differ slightly in order. The film opens with a shimmering image of the Saigon River. Over this image, the off-screen voice of Michael Caine as “Thomas Fowler” recites an elegy to life in Vietnam. His narration is interrupted by the sound of a splash and a cut to the body of “Pyle” floating in the river. Fowler’s narration continues throughout the film. The closing credits contain a number of written acknowledgments to persons and institutions who assisted in the production. Among them were various Vietnamese government departments and locations. “Dipsychus,” the poem partially recited by Fowler in the film, was written in 1850 by English writer Arthur Hugh Clough.
       Although the film was completed in Apr 2001, it was not released until Nov 2002. Miramax Films, the distributor, decided to delay the release after audiences at a New Jersey test screening on 10 Sep 2001 reacted “negatively to the film’s critique of American interventionist policies abroad,” according to a NYT Nov 2002 article. The next day, 11 Sep 2001, terrorists crashed three jets into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, causing them to collapse. Miramax then decided to postpone the release indefinitely. In the NYT article, Harvey Weinstein, the head of Miramax, was quoted as saying “My biggest fear was erring on the side of bad taste…In light of everything that happened, you needed to have your head examined if you thought this was a time for questioning America."
       The film’s fidelity to Graham Greene’s novel, in which Greene, according to the film’s director, Phillip Noyce, “defined a particular moment in U.S. history when America started taking responsibility for the world,” seemed especially critical at a time when the United States had just come under terrorist attack. Fowler’s cynical remarks about American intervention only exacerbated the situation. A Sep 2002 The Times, (London) article suggests that the studio ordered Noyce to reedit the film in order to make more ambiguous the criticism of “American adventurism” that screenwriter Christopher Hampton had incorporated into the script.
       Another major difference between the novel and the film is that although the novel was set in 1952, the film’s ending features a collage of newspaper clippings from the late 1950s to the 1960s that trace France’s defeat and America’s entry into the Vietnam war. Mark Gill, the president of Miramax Los Angeles, said in the Times article that Noyce added this montage to link the events of the 1950s to events from the 1960s more familiar to Americans.
       Noyce also decided to change the nationality of Fowler’s assistant, "Mr. Hinh." In the novel, the assistant was Indian, not a Vietnamese working undercover for the Communists. Noyce said that he was inspired to make the change by a story he heard about Vietnamese patriot General An. In the film’s press kit Noyce explained that An, while working as an undercover spy for the Vietnamese, was employed by the French as a censor, by the Americans to gather intelligence and finally by Time magazine and the Reuters news service, making him a triple agent. The Times article notes that Caine and Anthony Minghella, one of the film’s executive producers, finally convinced Weinstein to release the film, and as a result it had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on 6 Sep 2002. In a Sep 2002 Var news item, Gill stated that the film’s enthusiastic support at the Toronto Film Festival persuaded Miramax to release the film in the U.S.
       According to a Screen International Apr 1991 article, the film was originally to be a co-production between Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Enterprises and Electric Pictures, an independent partnership of Staffan Ahrenberg and Nicole Seguin. Materials contained in the film’s press kit add that Ahrenberg acquired the rights to Greene’s novel in 1988-89 and agreed to develop the project with Pollack, who had the first right of refusal to direct the picture, which was to be scripted by Frank Galati. Press kit materials note that Noyce became interested in acquiring the rights to Greene’s novel in 1995 while on a research trip to Vietnam in which he was accompanying former U.S. military intelligence officers back to their training grounds. When Noyce learned that Mirage and Ahrenberg already owned the rights to the novel, he met with Pollack and his Mirage partner, William Horberg, who then agreed that Noyce should direct the picture.
       By Sep 1995, a Screen International article announced that film project was to be financed by Paramount and that Noyce was to direct. In May 1997, Sean Connery was named to star and Johnny Depp was being considered to co-star, according to May 1997 article in Screen International . Once Paramount rejected the project, Mirage began developing the project with Intermedia Films, according to a Feb 2001 article in Screen International .
       The film began production on 17 Feb 2001, and spent five weeks shooting locations in Vietnam. According to a Nov 2002 HR news item, location shooting was done in Ho Chi Minh City, (which before the Communist takeover was known as Saigon), at the Continental Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, the town of Ninh Binh, the port town of Hoi An, the nearby town of Da Nang and in Hanoi City. Second unit director Dang Nhat Minh, whose father was killed by an American bomber during the war in Vietnam, directed the Saigon square scene in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the HR article. A Sep 2001 NYT article adds that Nguyen Thinh Bac, who worked as a technical advisor on the guillotine sequence, had been imprisoned by the French during the war.
       The Quiet American marked the English-language debut of Vietnamese actress Do Thi Hai Yen, who learned English specifically for the film. It also marked the first major American-financed film to be made in Vietnam since the end of the war. The film had its Vietnamese premiere on 17 Dec 2002 and was commended by the Vietnamese government as “an accurate portrayal of early U.S. involvement in Indochina,” according to a 17 Dec 2002 Reuters news item. The film was selected as one of AFI’s top ten films of the year, and Michael Caine was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor--Drama and for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Philip Noyce was named Best Director of 2002 by the National Board of Review.
       The Quiet American had previously been filmed in 1958 by Figaro, Inc., directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Audie Murphy and Michael Redgrave. There are several differences between that version and the 2002 version. In the 1958 film, Pyle is never given a name, but known only as “The American." "Phuong’s” rejection of Fowler at the end of the 1958 film differs from both the novel and the 2002 film, in which she goes back to Fowler. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Entertainment Weekly   15 Nov 2002   pp. 91-92.
Hollywood Reporter   17 Feb 2001.   
Hollywood Reporter   17 Apr 2001   p. 20.
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Los Angeles Times   22 Nov 2002.   
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