The Quiet American


Graham Greene’s 1955 novel is amazingly prescient on the grave consequences of America’s naive meddling in Vietnam. This 1958 Hollywood account, though directed by the intelligent, literate Joe Mankiewicz, inevitably skews the politics (the ’02 remake cleaves far closer to Greene). Still, Michael Redgrave is superb as cynical expat Fowler and DoP Robert Krasker makes vivid use of the Saigon locations. No extras.

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