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The Quiet American

Last Sunday I saw The Quiet American and Jeff saw it last night. It's a Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser movie based on a novel of the same name, written in 1956. A few things explode, but it's not an action film. There's a woman torn between two men, but it's not a romance. It's not a war movie, it's certainly not a comedy, and it's not a documentary.

It is, however, a good movie. Caine displays his Academy award-winning talent, and Fraser muddles through without acting too goofy. Some of the cultural aspects - I won't divulge them here - and some of the foreshadowing of later world events are done subtly. It's well done.

The Quiet American (2002) seems to have been preceeded by a 1958 version starring Michael Redgrave. I'll have to check that out.

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