The Quiet American Movie Review Summary

Actors: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser

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In one of the best performances of his career, Michael Caine plays the world-weary British journalist, Thomas Fowler, who is covering the struggles between the French and Vietnamese in the 1950s, as well as the increasing American influence in Indochina. He has always committed to a stance of neutrality, of not taking any sides, and finds solace only in his young Vietnamese mistress, Phuong, who does not love him but relies upon the security that he offers.
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Fowler's personal life is disrupted by the appearance of the infuriatingly idealistic and optimistic Alden Pyle, a young American whose role in Vietnam's struggles are not so benign. When Pyle falls in love with Phuong and threatens to take her away and when Fowler discovers the true nature of Pyle's presence in Vietnam the formerly neutral journalist is unwillingly roused to action and must make a few fateful decisions.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   war, Vietnam Lover is...    -   of another race (interracial loving!) Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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