All Genres: Romance, Drama, War
Release Year: 1996
Languages: English, German, Italian, Arabic
Director: Anthony Minghella
Sound: Dolby Digital
Writing by: Michael Ondaatje – (novel)
Anthony Minghella – (screenplay)
Produced by: Steve E. Andrews – associate producer (as Steve Andrews)
Scott Greenstein – executive producer
Alessandro von Norman – line producer (as Alessandro Von Normann)
Bob Weinstein – executive producer
Harvey Weinstein – executive producer
Paul Zaentz – associate producer
Saul Zaentz – producer
Cast: Ralph Fiennes – Count Laszlo de Almásy
Juliette Binoche – Hana
Willem Dafoe – David Caravaggio
Kristin Scott Thomas – Katharine Clifton
Naveen Andrews – Kip
Colin Firth – Geoffrey Clifton
Julian Wadham – Madox
Jürgen Prochnow – Major Muller
Kevin Whately – Hardy
Clive Merrison – Fenelon-Barnes
Nino Castelnuovo – D'Agostino
Music: Gabriel Yared
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Plot Outline: At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Plot: Beginning in the 1930's, “The English Patient” tells the story of Count Almasy who is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almasy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and politics that is later revealed in a series of flashbacks while Almasy is on his death bed after being horribly burned in a plane crash.
Movie Quotes: Caravaggio: In Italy, there's always chickens, but no eggs. In Africa there's eggs, but never chickens. Who separated them?
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
The producer and director wish to thank The Tozeur District Governor.
Goofs: We know about 26 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: Amount of water in the glass handed to Count Laszlo upon arriving at the army poster after walking out of the desert.
Trivia: There are 24 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Kristin Scott Thomas was cast after writing a letter to director Anthony Minghella which included the statement “I am 'K' in your film”.
- Originally, 20th Century Fox was to finance the film, but disputes arose between the studio and the producers over casting. In particular, Fox preferred a more well-known actress to play Katharine Clifton instead of Kristin Scott Thomas; Demi Moore was lobbying particularly hard for the role. After the producers refused to give in on a series of casting choices, Fox backed out of the film, and the project was uncertain just as production was about to begin. However, within a few weeks – during which the cast and crew stayed on in Italy without knowing if the film would be made – the film was picked up by Miramax.
- Editor Walter Murch made over 40 time transitions in the film.