66. The Quiet American

Michael Caine stars in The Quiet American as Thomas, a British journalist who is serving as a correspondent in early 1950’s Vietnam covering the conflict with France.  Carrying on an affair with a local Vietnamese girl named Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen), he is content with his assignment and distance from a Catholic wife who refuses to divorce him.  He encounters Alden (Brendan Fraser), an American government worker keeping an eye on American interests in Saigon.  Alden immediately takes a liking to Phuong and confesses his feelings to Thomas during a trip to the war torn northern part of the country.  As Alden schemes to take Phuong from Thomas, Thomas begins to develop even deeper suspicions about Alden and what he is truly up to in Vietnam.

While this film is nicely layered like an onion with an intense love triangle, mystery, intrigue, and suspense – Michael Caine’s portrayal is dashing and delectable as usual.  I personally felt like the end of the film began to drag its knuckles, but was still overall highly enjoyable.

3.5 stars out of 5

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