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The Quiet American (1958)




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In this film, Audie Murphy plays an enigmatic American who comes to Saigon. When the American meets an embittered journalist and falls for his Indochinese girlfriend, the reporter retaliates by telling the communists that the American GI is selling munitions to non-communist troops.

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Audie Murphy
as The American
Michael Redgrave
as Thomas Fowler
Claude Dauphin
as Inspector Vigot
as Miss Hei
Bruce Cabot
as Bill Granger
Fred Sadoff
as Dominguez
Richard Loo
as Mister Heng
Peter Trent
as Eliot Wilkins
Clinton Anderson
as Joe Morton
Yoko Tani
as Hostess
Vo Doan Chau
as Cao-Dai Commandant
Le Van Le
as Cao-Dai Pope's Deputy
Le Quynh
as Masked Man
Georges Brehat
as French Colonel
Long Nguyen
as Boy with Mask
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Critic Reviews for The Quiet American

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Michael Redgrave's performance is the best thing about this thematically compromised piece.

November 7, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Mankiewicz probably got so much enjoyment from the writing that there was little enough left for filming it. Though a matter for regret, The Quiet American is still the most interesting film about at the moment.

September 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Mankiewicz (who also wrote the adapted screenplay) does a fine job balancing romance, intrigue and war.

July 22, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

One of Mankiewicz's weaker films, a verbose, disappointingly sanitized version of Graham Greene's cynical novel about American involvement in Indo-China, with mediocre turns by Murphy and Redgrave.

March 26, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The Quiet American is loosely adapted from Graham Greene's penetrating 1956 book about the Indo-China War.

April 21, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Quiet American

Adequate version of Greene's story no more. Redgrave is good though.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


An American steals a cynical British reporter's Vietnamese girlfriend against the backdrop of international intrigue during the French occupation of Vietnam. Once again, Joseph L. Mankiewicz knows how to tell a good story. The characters are all finely drawn, and though the typical Mankiewicz strategies of flashbacks and voice-overs get tired and over-used, the typical Mankiewicz theme of attempting to maintain one's integrity never gets old. In this iteration of Mankiewicz's oeuvre, a British reporter cares about nothing but his own interests and his own happiness, but the rhetoric of selflessness challenges his worldview. The dramatic question of whether or not he would rise to higher concerns than his own interests is quite compelling. The remake with Michael Caine is better than the original because it's truer to Graham Greene's novel, but this is certainly a noble effort. Overall, this is a compelling story and a strong film with great performances.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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