The Quiet American (2002)
January 23, 2023 10:37 AM - Subscribe

An older British reporter (Michael Caine) vies with a young U.S. doctor (Brendan Fraser) for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman (Thi Hai Yen Do).
posted by EmpressCallipygos (2 comments total)
I saw this in the theater in 2002 and remember being very pleasantly surprised at Fraser's performance. (This was when he was hip-deep in the action stuff.)

I re-watched Gods and Monsters yesterday, I think I'll continue with this.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:24 AM on January 24, 2023

Finally saw this again. I remember it a BIT differently, but not by much...

DOT, elsewhere you said that contrasting this with The Whale was interesting because here he played "the young, fit guy" against Michael Caine. But he actually wasn't held up as being the himbo beefcake in this, the way he was in Gods and Monsters; more like a clean-cut nice guy that you finally learn has a dark side. He did a bit more "wooing" of Caine's character - but the story called for it, in an effort to win his trust for different reasons. (Nature of the story.)

And it was a perfect casting - he does exude this sort of clean-cut, good-guy Midwestern niceness that is a perfect foil for who his character REALLY is, so it comes as a shock when you make that discovery.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:07 PM on February 8, 2023

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