English Patient

English Patient

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Director: Anthony Minghella

Cast: Anthony Minghella, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe

     
 

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Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against the backdrop of World War II. In a field hospital in Italy, Hana (Juliette Binoche), a nurse from Canada, is caring for a pilot who was horribly burned in a plane wreck; he has no identification and cannot remember his name, so… See more details below

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Overview

Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against the backdrop of World War II. In a field hospital in Italy, Hana (Juliette Binoche), a nurse from Canada, is caring for a pilot who was horribly burned in a plane wreck; he has no identification and cannot remember his name, so he's known simply as "the English Patient," thanks to his accent. When the hospital is forced to evacuate, Hana determines en route that the patient shouldn't be moved far due to his fragile condition, so the two are left in a monastery to be picked up later. In time, Hana begins to piece together the patient's story from the shards of his memories; he's actually Count Laszlo Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), of Hungarian nobility and an explorer working with a group mapping uncharted territory in North Africa. An Englishman, Geoffrey Clifton (Colin Firth), soon joins Almasy's team; travelling with him is his lovely and spirited wife, Katherine (Kristin Scott Thomas). Katherine and Laszlo soon fall in love, which leads Laszlo to betray his friend, his country and all that is dear to him. Meanwhile, Hana and the Patient are joined by Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh with a gift for defusing mines, and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an intelligence agent who knows some of Laszlo's most shameful secrets. The English Patient won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
Adapted from Michael Ondaatje's novel by writer-director Anthony Minghella, The English Patient unspools the story of Laszlo Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), a Hungarian mapmaker recovering, in an abandoned monastery in Italy, from a near-fatal plane crash. Because he is barely able to speak, his nurse and caretaker, Hana (Juliette Binoche), reassembles his life story from his random writings and what remains of his rapidly deteriorating memory. This unusual narrative assured that The English Patient would be a most unconventional World War II film, one without many of the customary foot soldiers or storm troopers. The book evokes the trackless dunes of the Sahara Desert and the elegantly rustic retreats of North Africa, escaping into the locales of Almasy's memories. And in a brilliant achievement of cinematic art, Minghella manages to distill the book's passion and pour it forth in a fluid narrative. Almasy's mysterious past and, most compellingly, his passionate love affair with a married Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas), drive the film's action -- while the hopeful subplot of Hana's love affair with a handsome Sikh anchors the film in the nurse's reality. Breathtakingly romantic, The English Patient earned nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Score.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The English Patient is admired for the lush, romantic texture of its story and for its visual richness. It is a complex and rewarding film, meticulously produced and featuring superb performances from an ensemble cast, particularly Juliette Binoche, whose upset Oscar win as Best Supporting Actress (over sentimental favorite Lauren Bacall) is one aspect of the film that has never been significantly under question. It is also fair to say that few films have had so quick a downward re-evaluation. The winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film was released to a smartly designed marketing campaign of snob appeal that overwhelmed the Oscar voting season. There arose an immediate and continuing consensus that nine Oscars may have been too many for this romantic war epic and that Fargo was the greater and more lasting work of 1996. Producer Saul Zaentz was the primary creative force behind the film, obtaining the financing and bringing together an unusually talented team of top-notch actors and tech personnel. The film was marketed as a triumph of "independent" filmmaking, even though it was essentially financed and distributed by its corporate parent, studio giant Disney.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
UPC:
0031398147626
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:42:00
Sales rank:
24,773

Special Features

Audio commentaries with Screenwriter/Director Anthony Minghella, Producer Saul Zaentz, and Author Michael Ondaatje; About Michael Ondaatje; From novel to screenplay - interviews with cast and crew; The formidable Saul Zaentz; A historical look at the Real Count Almasy; Filmmaker conversations with Anthony Minghella, Saul Zaentz, Michael Ondaatje, and Film Editor Walter Murch; The work of Stuart Craig - Production Designer; The eyes of Phil Bray - Still Photographer; Master class with Anthony Minghella - deleted scenes; CBS documentary: The making of The English Patient

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes Count Laszlo Almasy
Juliette Binoche Hana
Willem Dafoe Caravaggio
Kristin Scott Thomas Katharine Clifton
Naveen Andrews Kip
Colin Firth Geoffrey Clifton
Julian Wadham Madox
Jürgen Prochnow Maj. Muller, german officer
Kevin Whately Sgt. Hardy
Clive Merrison Fenelon-Barnes
Nino Castelnuovo D'Agostino
Hichem Rostom Fouad
Peter Ruhring Bermann
Lothaire Bluteau Actor
Liisa Repo-Martell Jan
Clive Morrison Fenelon-Barnes
Geordie Johnson Oliver
Torri Higginson Mary
Raymond Coulthard Douglas, Rupert
Philip Whitchurch Corporal Dade
Lee Ross Spalding
Anthony Smee Beach Interrogating Officer
Matthew Ferguson young Canadian soldier
Jason Done kiss me soldier
Roger Morlidge sergeant, desert train
Simon Sherlock private, desert train
Sebastian Schipper interrogation room soldier
Fritz Eggert interrogation room soldier
Sonia Mankai Arab nurse
Rim Turki Aicha
Sebastian Rudolph officer in square
Thoraya Sehill interpreter in square
Sondess Belhassen woman with baby in square
Dominic Mafham officer, El Taj
Salah Miled Bedouin doctor
Abdellatif Hamrouni ancient arab
Samy Azaiez Kamal
Habib Chetoui Al Auf
Phillipa Bay officer's wife
Amanda Walker Lady Hampton
Paul Kant Sir Ronnie Hampton
Ronnie Hazelhurst Conductor
Ronnie Hazlehurst Conductor
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor

Technical Credits
Anthony Minghella Director,Screenwriter
Steve Andrews Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Gianni Arduini Asst. Director
Meriem Beshaouch Asst. Director
Carolyn Choa Choreography
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Giuseppe Desiato Makeup
Andrea Girolami Asst. Director
Scott Greenstein Executive Producer
Michelle Guish Casting
Ronnie Hazelhurst Musical Arrangement
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Moez Kamoun Asst. Director
Moslah Kraiem Asst. Director
Antonio Maltempo Makeup
Andrea Marrari Asst. Director
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
Walter Murch Editor
Georges Rodi Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Rose Art Director
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Alessandra Sampaolo Makeup
Emma Schofield Asst. Director
John Seale Cinematographer
Fabrizio Sforza Makeup
Luigi Vallini Asst. Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
Paul Zaentz Associate Producer
Saul Zaentz Producer

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