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Quiet American, The

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Atmospheric adaptation of the Graham Greene novel set in 1952 Vietnam where a veteran British reporter (Michael Caine) fears losing his beautiful local mistress to a newcomer Yank (Brendan Fraser) whom he begins to suspect is involved in deadly political treachery. Aided by Caine and Fraser's nuanced performances, director Phillip Noyce observes the romantic triangle against the larger backdrop of the waning days of French colonial rule and the beginnings of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Wartime bombings and a stabbing, an implied affair, fleeting opium abuse, occasional profanity and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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