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