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The English Patient

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1996
  • Anthony Minghella
  • 155 mins
  • 15

Summary

Oscar-winning Second World War romantic drama, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas. During the final days of the conflict, the mystery behind the identity of a badly burned pilot is slowly unravelled by a compassionate nurse.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Inevitably recalling Lawrence of Arabia with its desert setting and epic sweep, this skilful adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's difficult novel is at heart two love stories, one in the present, the other told in flashback. Ralph Fiennes plays the hideously burned "English patient" tended to by Juliette Binoche's nurse in an Italian monastery at the end of the Second World War. His story, torrid and dangerous, is pieced together gradually, while Binoche falls in love with a bomb disposal officer (Naveen Andrews). Fiennes is in fact a Hungarian, a mapmaker charting the Sahara who got caught up in the war and in an affair with the unhappily married Kristin Scott Thomas. It's an ambitious film and director Anthony Minghella's skill lies equally in his screenplay, which delivers explanation only in fragments but keeps us involved for what is an epic running time.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
Count Laszlo AlmasyRalph Fiennes
HanaJuliette Binoche
CaravaggioWillem Dafoe
Katharine CliftonKristin Scott Thomas
KipNaveen Andrews
Geoffrey CliftonColin Firth
MadoxJulian Wadham
Major MüllerJürgen Prochnow
HardyKevin Whately
Fenelon-BarnesClive Merrison
D'AgostinoNino Castelnuovo
FouadHichem Rostom
OliverGeordie Johnson
MaryTorri Higginson
JanLisa Repo-Martell
Rupert DouglasRaymond Coulthard

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Minghella

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista International UK
Released on
1997-03-14
Languages
English | Arabic | German | Italian
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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