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The English Patient [DVD]

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  • THE ENGLISH PATIENT is an epic, sweeping adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's richly layered, WWII-era novel chronicling two periods in the life of European explorer Count Laszlo Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), whose torrid affair with a colleague's wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) is countered by the beginning of the war, allegations of Nazi sympathies, and disfiguring injuries. The patient's stay at the ruins of an Italian monastery under the care of an emotionally injured French-Canadian nurse (Juliette Binoche, who won an Oscar for the role) serves as a framing device for his intriguing story. Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella directs this film that is at once incredibly modern and a well-crafted throwback to classic Hollywood epics of yesteryear.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1996
    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 1996 Juliette Binoche French Actress, CHOCOLAT (2000)
    Academy Awards Best Director 1996 Anthony Minghella Playwright/Screenwriter/Director
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1996 John Seale Director Of Photography, POSEIDON (2006)
    Academy Awards Best Original Score 1996 Gabriel Yared Film composer

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  • Credits
    Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, William Dafoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, Jrgen Prochnow, Juergen Prochnow, Kevin Whately, Clive Merrison, Nino Castelnuovo, Hichem Rostom, Peter Ruhring, Geordie Johnson, Torri Higginson, Lusa Repo-Martell, Raymond Coulthard, Philip Whitchurch, Lee Ross, Anthony Smee, Michael Ferguson, Jason Done, Roger Morlidge, Sebastian Sherlock, Fritz Eggert, Sebastian Schipper, Sonia Mankai, Rim Turki, Sebastian Rudolph,
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Minghella proves that a movie love story can be smart, principled and provoking, and still sweep you away..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A mesmerizing romantic epic....THE ENGLISH PATIENT captivates as only the grandest and most consuming passions can..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...This poetic, evocative film version of the famous novel by Michael Ondaatje circles down through layers of mystery until all of the puzzle in the story have been solved..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Respectable, intelligent....With its exotic, tapestry-like backgrounds, this is a picture of resplendently textured, sensuous surfaces..."
    Variety

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