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The Quiet American (1958)

A young naive American and a cynical older British diplomat disagree over politics in 1952 Vietnam and over a beautiful young native girl.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... The American
Michael Redgrave ... Thomas Fowler
Claude Dauphin ... Inspector Vigot
Giorgia Moll ... Phuong
Bruce Cabot ... Bill Granger
Fred Sadoff ... Dominguez
Kerima ... Phuong's Sister
Richard Loo ... Mr. Heng
Peter Trent Peter Trent ... Eliot Wilkins
Georges Bréhat Georges Bréhat ... French Colonel (as Georges Brehat)
Clinton Anderson ... Joe Morton
Yôko Tani ... Rendezvous Hostess
Nguyen Long Nguyen Long ... Boy with Mask
C. Long Cuong C. Long Cuong ... Boy in Watchtower
Tu An Tu An ... Boy in Watchtower
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Storyline

In this adaptation of Graham Greene's prophetic novel about U.S. foreign policy failure in pre-war Indochina, Audie Murphy plays an innocent Young American opposite the older, cynical Brit Sir Michael Redgrave. They play out their widely different views on the prospects struggle for the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people in their competition over a young woman. Murphy wants to reform her and make her a typical middle class American housewife; Redgrave accepts her inability to formulate or retain a political ideal and while promising her no real future, he objects to Murphy's attempts to change her. It's not clear whether Murphy is just what he appears - a bungling Yankee do-gooder, or a deliberate agent of U.S. covert operations. Written by Rita Richardson <RRichar790@aol.com>

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This is the Orient Few Eyes Have Seen - This is Suspense Few Motion Pictures Have Captured! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Vietnamese

Release Date:

8 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El americano tranquilo See more »

Filming Locations:

Saigon, Vietnam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Figaro See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The actors who portrayed the character of Thomas Fowler in both of the theatrical movie versions of Graham Greene's novel "The Quiet American" (1955), The Quiet American (1958) and The Quiet American (2002), Sir Michael Redgrave and Sir Michael Caine, respectively, were both first named "Michael". See more »

Quotes

Thomas Fowler: [In the restaurant] I didn't know you were here.
Phuong's Sister: I'm dining with friends.
Phuong's Sister: Who is that man dancing with my sister?
Thomas Fowler: An American.
Phuong's Sister: Is he wealthy?
Thomas Fowler: That you'll have to ask him.
Phuong's Sister: He looks quiet and reliable. Is he married?
Thomas Fowler: I told you you'll have to ask him.
Phuong's Sister: I would say not. Whenever an American is married, he looks married.
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Connections

References Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cathédrale engloutie
(uncredited)
Composed by Claude Debussy
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Michael Redgrave on film, what a treat!
21 May 2017 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

I loved the Graham Greene novel. I admit I picked it up secretly from my father's library when I was 15. It stayed with me. I knew about the existence of this 1958 version written and directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz but I had never seen it until now, thank you TCM. I had seen the 2002 with a terrific Michael Caine but the film - a more faithful version of Greene's novel according to the critics and it may be true but the 2002 version left me pleased but unmoved while the 1958 version is much more unsettling, in spite of some hard to understand choices by the filmmakers. Audie Murphy plays the quiet American, and he is, very quiet. Good looking a real life American war hero but he is not an actor and here he is sharing the frame with Michael Redgrave. Michael Redgrave! The other oddity is the casting of Italian Actress Giorgia Moll as the Vietnamese girl-in-the-middle. She's lovely but I repeat, she's Italian. No, the power force here is Michael Redgrave, A marvelous, fearless performance and that alone makes The Quiet American an absolute must.


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