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The English Patient [Blu-ray] [Canadian]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Released theatrically in the U.S. on November 15, 1996. Filmed on location in Europe. At the 1997 Academy Awards, THE ENGLISH PATIENT received 12 Academy Award Nominations, including Best Actor--Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress--Kristen Scott Thomas, and Best Screenplay (Adaptation)--Anthony Minghella. It won 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director--Anthony Minghella, and Best Supporting Actress--Juliette Binoche. Michael Ondaatje's novel of the same name won Britain's prestigious Booker prize. 20th Century Fox withdrew their funding for the film when Minghella refused to replace Kristin Scott Thomas. The film was then picked up by Miramax. Count Laszlo Almasy was a real person. He was, however, very different from the character in Ondaatje's novel and Minghella's film. The real Almasy was a German Air Force pilot and, based on his personal letters, was most likely homosexual. Because there were no roads into the Sahara Desert, Minghella's team built one. The day it was finished, it washed away in a rainstorm. Kristin Scott Thomas's first film was Prince's UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. It took 5 hours to apply Ralph Fiennes's makeup. "A woman should never learn to sew, and if she can, she shouldn't admit to it."--Katharine (Kristin Scott Thomas) "You can't kill me. I died years ago."--Almasy (Ralph Fiennes] "Katharine, I just want you to know I'm not missing you yet."--Almasy "You will. You will."--Katharine

    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

    • Rating - For sexuality, some violence and language.
  • 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

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

    "...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

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