The Quiet American

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Quiet American (1958) was mostly forgotten in the wake of the Phillip Noyce remake from 2002, which was a shame because, for all of its flaws -- including the elimination of the directly anti-American elements from Graham Greene's original novel -- it did have the virtue of a realistic look, courtesy of Robert Krasker's black-and-white cinematography, and an outstanding performance by Michael Redgrave. The movie has now arrived on DVD, two years after the Noyce version, in a very good ...
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Quiet American (1958) was mostly forgotten in the wake of the Phillip Noyce remake from 2002, which was a shame because, for all of its flaws -- including the elimination of the directly anti-American elements from Graham Greene's original novel -- it did have the virtue of a realistic look, courtesy of Robert Krasker's black-and-white cinematography, and an outstanding performance by Michael Redgrave. The movie has now arrived on DVD, two years after the Noyce version, in a very good though somewhat spare edition. The mastering of the image (in the non-anamorphic European widescreen ratio of 1.66:1) is clean and very sharp; if not exactly a revelation, it does offer more detail than the version this reviewer saw broadcast quite a few years ago. The movie has been given 16 chapter markers, which is acceptable if not exactly adequate, and there are no bonus features. The disc opens automatically to a simple menu with the "play" option in the default position.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Graham Greene purists will object to the liberties Joseph L. Mankiewicz took in bringing The Quiet American to the screen, most viewers will find the end result an accomplished, involving, and intriguing, if occasionally talky, experience. The cynicism and the American indictment of Greene's original have been muted, and even those unfamiliar with the novel will likely be able to tell that something is not quite right; but this flaw is more than offset by Mankiewicz's atmospheric, often taut, direction and by the powerful, devastating effect produced by the actions of the two main characters. Viewers are likely to be divided on Audie Murphy's performance, which clearly lacks depth and texture; however, Murphy as a person, if not as an actor, exudes the naïveté and guilelessness that are at the heart of the character, and this helps to atone for much of his lack of acting technique. Michael Redgrave, of course, has technique for days, and he employs it to the full here, delivering a stunning performance that will have the audience on his side (even perhaps when they shouldn't be). Redgrave wraps his soul around the Greene/Mankiewicz dialogue, making a great deal out of even the simplest moments, and the strength of his work carries the film. There's also some gorgeous, very stylish black-and-white photography from Robert Krasker and some evocative location lensing that add to the film's effectiveness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • UPC: 027616921710
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audie Murphy The American
Michael Redgrave Thomas Fowler
Claude Dauphin Inspector Vigot
Giorgia Moll Phuong
Kerima Phuong's Sister
Bruce Cabot Bill Granger
Fred Sadoff Dominguez
Richard Loo Mr. Heng
Peter Trent Eliot Wilkins
Clinton Anderson Joe Morton
Sonia Moser Yvette
Georges Brehat French Colonel
Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Murder [12:34]
2. Remembering a Milkshake [6:18]
3. "Le Rendez-Vous" [6:19]
4. On Love's Battlefront [8:57]
5. Fighting for the Future [12:32]
6. "The Eye of God" [8:33]
7. Saved By the Enemy [5:15]
8. The Sad Letter [4:14]
9. Story or Slander [7:26]
10. Confronting the Lie [3:31]
11. Exploding Bicycles? [2:58]
12. Desperate Times [1:40]
13. The Betrayal [4:00]
14. Forcing the Truth [14:28]
15. "A Strange Finish" [6:50]
16. "Now Is Too Late!" [10:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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