Main content | Search | Section navigation menu | Site-wide navigation menu

Main menu


Aro Favourite Quiet American, The


USA 2002, 101 minutes
Dir. Phillip Noyce
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama, Suspense/Crime / War

Topics: Period 1950s.


Aroview: True to the spirit of Graham Greene’s novel, this cautionary tale of American interference in 50s French Vietnam is an involving, multi-layered drama, lusciously shot in modernday Saigon.

Michael Caine excels as a clammy, opium-addicted journalist, who befriends the titular American do-gooder (Fraser) only to become trapped in a triangle of personal and political interests. Intense action scenes contrast quieter stretches, where the dialogue bears a bitter, ironic undertow. Its edgy commentary on American foreign policy led to it unsurprisingly being dropped by distributor Miramax following 9/11, but as a reflection of Greene’s ‘nobody wins’ morality this is satisfying and absorbing viewing.

Member Reviews

Average rating 2 stars. (Good Try) (Good Try). Showing 1-1 of 1 member reviews.

Have your say  Reviewing Films

DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Close Relatives

Quiet American, The cover
DVD (R4)
$6 Rent
DVD (R4)
Ex-Rental DVD

Prices in $NZD (incl. GST)

Your basket is empty